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MGM proposes casino for National Harbor

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OXON HILL, Md. (WJLA) - A new casino is coming to Prince George's County, but who will get to build it and where will it be? The third and final proposal was unveiled Friday.

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MGM courted the Maryland Gaming Association with a glitzy video and high hopes.

“We’re confident our plan is the best plan of the three,” Lorenzo Creighton, MGM National Harbor CEO.

The third and final proposed casino site is just north of the National Harbor complex with easy access to the nearby Wilson Bridge and interstate. MGM says it will include a casino, hotel with a luxury spa, restaurants, high-end retail, and 4,000 permanent jobs.

“[It] will generate much more revenue than our competitors and that revenue itself will generate tax dollars to the state and to Prince George’s County,” Creighton says.

MGM is up against Penn National Gaming’s bid for a casino at Rosecroft Raceway, a deal sweetened with a promise to plow profits back into Prince George’s County, and Greenwood Racing Parx Casino Hotel and Spa near Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road in Fort Washington, billed as a $1 billion-a-year development boon.

MGM emphasized minority partnerships, announcing it will be working with Cathy Hughes’ locally-owned Radio One.

But Gregory Hawkins prefers National harbor.

“That’s far enough away from me that the traffic wouldn’t bother me," Hawkins says. 

Others say just keep the casino away from home because it’s too much temptation.

“I wouldn’t prefer a casino near where houses is. I’d be over there every day and I’m too old to be at a casino when I’m trying to take care of my grandchildren,” says Van Rowls.

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