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MGM Provides First Look at Proposed National Harbor Casino



    MGM Unveils Casino Design Plans for National Harbor

    We have our first look at the design plans for a new MGM casino in resort that would be built at National Harbor if MGM wins its bid to build there. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013)

    MGM Resorts International has unveiled the design of a proposed casino at National Harbor.

    The company gave an update Wednesday on its bid to develop what has been described as an $800 million facility at National Harbor.

    Maryland voters approved gambling expansion in November to allow table games and a casino in Prince George's County.

    MGM Resort International's chief executive officer has described plans to build a luxurious and architecturally unimposing casino and hotel. The company says the casino will have views of the monuments in D.C. due, in part, to its height. The buidling will span more than 1 million square feet.

    "We wanted this architecture to have its own symbology, its own meaning," architect Edward Abeyta said.

    The casino will also feature high-end shops like Tiffany and Co., Hermes and Prada. A fountain out front will also serve as a ice skating rink in the winter.

    Two other companies also have applied for the casino license -- Penn National Gaming is proposing a site including a raceway and Parx is proposing a casino for Indian Head Highway that would offer more land than the MGM site.

    State officials say they hope to designate the winner the end of the year.