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December 30, 2010

Cordish gets go-ahead for Arundel casino

Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. has received approval from Anne Arundel County to begin the construction process at Arundel Mills mall on what is expected to be the state's most lucrative slots parlor.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning has approved Cordish's site development plan -- a first step in the construction approval process -- for its 4,750 slot parlor casino.

Cordish plans to construct the project in two phases -- the first a temporary casino in the first floor of an approximately 8-story parking garage with 2,000 slot machines, which is slated to open late next year. The second phase is the permanent casino structure, which will include a live music venue and several restaurants, expected to be completed by late 2012.

Cordish's site development plan, which officials say complies with the adequate public facilities ordinance, requiring upgrades to nearby roadways and public utilities, was approved Tuesday, county officials said Thursday.

"I'm hopeful that the construction jobs and the revenues that will come to the county will begin flowing by the end of 2011," said County Executive John R. Leopold.

With the initial approval, Cordish can now apply for grading and building permits, undergo a site development review and submit its transportation management plan, which also requires approval from the State Highway Administration, to the county.

-Nicole Fuller

Posted by Andy Rosen at 12:13 PM | | Comments (9)


What about the road improvements? What is he doing to ensure residential area impact is minimized?

Does the Sun still have copy editors? Check out the two errors in the lead.

Why isn't anyone worried about any violations of Federal law by Cordish in Florida with the Seminole Tribe?

"Penny Coleman, acting general counsel of National Indian Gaming Commission, said the agency has taken a heightened interest lately in the portion of federal law that prohibits developers from gaining a "proprietary interest" in an Indian casino. If the agency were to decide that the Cordish Co.'s risks are inconsistent with its share of the profits, the government could force the tribe to renegotiate the deal or risk a federal shutdown of the Hard Rock casinos."

Did Cordish attempt to circumvent the law and break it instead?

Sure do I hope I get a raise, because I know what I'll be doing during my lunch

It's done, the man has his permits. The no-slots-at-the-mall crowd needs to find something else that gets them hot and bothered.


To JJ - what part of "submit its transportation management plan" did you not understand?

To: Bronco Billy - It was the Tribe that negociated the deal w/Cordish that may (possibly) not Jive with the Propriatory Interest clauses in Indian affairs - Please get your facts straight before going off.

To: Cham - Amen my friend, Amen.

Let's stop bashing slots and get some revenue going!!!!

Drugs? Whores?

When does this paradise of a place open up???!!!!

Unless you are in to blue-haired drug-using whores wearing unflattering horizontal polyester stripes, who travel by Peter Pan bus lines, I think you are looking at the wrong venue.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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