MGM Resorts International unveiled architectural renderings Wednesday for a towering $800 million casino and resort overlooking the Potomac River at National Harbor, the waterfront development in Prince George’s County.
The company is in the running for a casino license from Maryland that will allow for table games as well as 3,000 slot machines, a result of a decision last year by state and county voters to approve an expansion of gambling in Maryland.
To pick a site, a state commission plans to visit three locations in Prince George’s next month: National Harbor, Rosecroft Raceway and a vacant parcel in Fort Washington. The commission then plans to hold a series of public hearings to gather input before a selection, possibly by the end of the year. The new casino would be the state’s sixth, and it could open by mid-2016.
Jim Murren, chairman and chief executive of MGM, told reporters Wednesday that he viewed his company’s proposed resort as “a gateway project to the state of Maryland” that would take advantage of the area’s natural topography and offer views of downtown Washington. He said it would also be respectful of the region.