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Austintown racino expected to get license Thursday

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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The cold and snowy winter hasn't stopped construction of the Hollywood Gaming at the Mahoning Valley Race Course at Route 46 and Interstate 80.

On Thursday in Columbus, Penn National Gaming is expected to jump it's last hurdle in making the racino a done deal.

Mark Munroe, a member of the racing commission, says, "After what seems like a long struggle to bring this to a close there's every expectation that the racing commission will issue a permit to Penn Gaming for racing at the Austintown facility."

Munroe says a lot of work is now going on inside the main building and construction is starting on the outside barns.

"We're going to see upwards of 988 stalls plus a barn of over 1000 stalls for horses that was one of the issues causing delays that's all been resolved it's behind us now," Munroe said.

With all the licenses in place as of Thursday, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will have its first thoroughbred horse race on November 24th.

But the video lottery terminals will be ready for play at the end of summer or early fall.

The racino is expected to have at least a hundred days of horse racing each year.

With the final pieces of the puzzle in place expect development around the casino to begin. That means more new businesses.

"I know the delays have been frustrating but the end result is Austintown is getting a much better facility we can be very proud of what we've done and there's a lot to look forward to, Munroe said.

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