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June 15, 2011

Cordish: Arundel's Maryland Live! on track for 2012

Before discussing Maryland's two unawarded slots projects, the state Video Lottery Terminal Location Commission received assurances this week from the Cordish Cos. that its casino at Arundel Mills Mall will be open in roughly one year.

With 4,750 terminals, it will be the largest of the five slots facilities in the state. Cordish expects to open the site in June 2012 with 3,000 machines -- double the number at what is now the state's largest parlor, Hollywood Casino in Perryville. The other slots site, at Ocean Downs race track on the Eastern Shore, has 750 machines. The state is seeking proposals on projects in Baltimore and Rocky Gap.

Joseph Weinberg, president of development at Cordish, told the slots panel that the company decided to "condense" the construction timetable by scrapping plans for a temporary site and working full-steam on the permanent structure. "There is a pretty good chance," he said, that all 4,750 machines will be up and running by October 2012.

The size of the parlor will undoubtedly provide a boost to state finances; the state gets a 67 percent cut of all slots revenue. Cordish first detailed its new plans in May, which will cost the state more than $100 million in lost profits from the temporary facility. The change in plans came after Cordish fended off time-consuming legal challenges filed by area homeowners working with the Maryland Jockey Club, which had sought to pry away the county's only slots license.

The casino has continued to be a sore spot for area residents, as The Sun's Nicole Fuller detailed in a story May 24. Some complained that construction parking has limited access to Joe Cannon Stadium and its surrounding park.

On Monday, Weinberg walked the slots commission through the basics of the $1 billion casino and entertainment complex: It will be on the ground floor of a structure that also contains six levels of above-ground parking.

A recent visit to the site shows construction is indeed underway, with a large swath of the mall parking lot -- roughly from Burlington Coat Factory to the movie theater -- cordoned off.

 

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 11:45 AM | | Comments (3)
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I wonder if we'll get our 40+ Talent Development Teachers back in our elementary schools who were just let go this month, or if they will re-instate the original construction date of the new Severna Park High School. Something tells me that the school budget will just keep getting cut, and that the new casino revenue will disappear.

Shouldnt have legalized the stupid things back in 2006. The state's cut will keep getting smaller and smaller...

I am sorry to see slots coming to Arundel Mills. I THOUGHT we voted to
have slots at the 5 race tracks in Maryland. I don't like the idea that buyers and builders can build other then in race tracks. This building free standing casino buildings is not what we wanted in the state. Who's to say you won't be filling the Ocean City boardwalk with slot machines and casinos.

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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.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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