Casino at Arundel Mills marks construction milestone

There was a milestone hit this week at the Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills. Workers completed the exterior work of the $500 million gaming palace and 8-story parking garage, set to open in June. The topping-off ceremony took place Wednesday at the site, located around back of the mammoth mall off of Route 100 in Hanover. Developer and owner David Cordish signed his name on a steel beam that was lifted to the building’s crown as part of the completion of the outside work. By mid-June, officials estimate that 3,000 slot machines and electronic table games will greet patrons at the 300,000-square-foot casino and restaurant space owned and operated by the Cordish Co. of Baltimore. Another 1,750 machines will be added by the fall. The casino development has been in full swing at the site since Anne Arundel County voters approved the plan in November 2010 on a referendum vote. Plans to build a casino in Baltimore City, roughly 15 miles away at a site near M&T Bank Stadium, are stalled. Cordish officials say 2,500 workers are helping to build the casino at Arundel Mills and the casino is expected to employ another 1,500 when it opens. *** Saturday in Fulton, homebuilders Miller & Smith will unveil their Fells Point Collection of houses in Howard County’s Maple Lawn during a celebration called “the big reveal.”

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