Caesars Entertainment Corp. executives will meet with members of the Baltimore City Council Monday.
The company is meeting with officials to discuss plans for the proposed Harrah’s Baltimore casino on Russell Street. The city’s Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel rejected initial plans for the gambling giant’s casino because of the proposed size of a parking garage that would be behind the casino.
Caesars President John Payne, Vice President Fred Keeton and future Harrah’s Baltimore General Manager Chad Barnhill will be at the meeting.
Earlier this week, a television advertisement paid for by Penn National Gaming Inc. used the proposed Baltimore casino as an example of gambling company promises that have not been kept. Penn National is fighting a pricey battle leading up to Election Day in order to prevent the construction of a casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, which must be approved by voters.
Theo Rodgers, president of local Caesars partner A&R Development, quickly refuted the ad this week.
“The ‘No On 7’ ad dishonestly omits the fact that the license to build the casino was awarded just two months ago and that the project is off to a swift start and on-time for a 2013 groundbreaking and 2014 opening,” Rodgers said. “No promise has been broken and the project in Baltimore is on schedule.”
Caesars executives are expected to deliver the same message to city officials at noon Monday.