MGM National Harbor submits detailed plans
MGM National Harbor is now officially in the Prince George?s County planning pipeline.
Less than two months after winning the rights to Maryland?s sixth gaming license, (and less than two weeks after its competition?agreed not to sue over the process) the county formally accepted MGM Resorts International?s?detailed site plans for its resort-casino overlooking the Peterson Cos.? National Harbor.
The site plan calls for a 958,836-square-foot entertainment establishment with retail, restaurants and a 300-room hotel, on 50 acres adjacent to and south of the Capital Beltway. The facility is expected to cost $925 million and include 3,600 slots and 140 table games, a 1,200-seat theater, 35,000 square feet of meeting space and numerous restaurants and retail.
The interior layout is subject to change, of course, and probably will. For now, per the site plan application, the theater is 31,051 square feet, in a conventional theater layout with all the seats facing the stage ? as opposed to, say, a boxing venue. It is located in the southeast corner of the building, adjacent to an 11,323-square-foot conservatory.
Prince George?s is tentatively looking at a planning board hearing on April 10, after which it would go to the county council for final review. Once the site plan is approved, MGM will have to obtain building permits before it can break ground, perhaps as soon as mid-summer.
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