Penn National Gaming has received final approval for the construction of the $120 m Hollywood Casino York from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Set at the York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township, Pennsylvania, the approximately 80,000-square-foot facility will feature 500 slot machines and 24 table games, capable of holding up to 750 and 40 of each.
The property will also contain a sports and race book, a casual restaurant and bar, a lounge for entertainment and a café. It is estimated that Hollywood Casino York will produce approximately 200 new permanent jobs and more than 250 construction jobs and will be completed in about 12 months.
Timothy Wilmott, chief executive officer for Penn National Gaming noted:
“We are very pleased with today’s unanimous approval by the PGCB and look forward to opening the doors at Hollywood Casino York as soon as possible.
“The property will be ideally located to draw customers from south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, while also protecting our existing market share at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.”
Since gaining final licencing approval for Hollywood Casino Morgantown, which is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2020, the company won a 15-mile radius area where it could locate a casino with a winning $50,100,000 bid at the PGCB’s first Category 4 auction.
Class 4 gaming facilities are legally authorised to operate up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games, and tax revenues are distributed at the state, county and local level. Springettsbury Township will earn 2% of total slot machine tax revenue and 1% of table games income.
“Hollywood Casino York will become an economic engine in Springettsbury Township and the greater community,” added Wilmott. “We have already met with local workforce development organisations to begin the process of identifying our future team members and creating approximately 200 new permanent jobs in York County.”
In addition, the Pennsylvania regulator also fined Rivers Casino Philadelphia $60,000 following numerous incidents in which the casino floor was breached by people under the age of 21.