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Crowd expected at hearing for Lawrence County casino and race track

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MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Scores of people have registered to speak today at a hearing that will have a bearing on a decision to allow development of a $225-million horse racing track and casino less than fifteen minutes from Mahoning County.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is holding a public input hearing regarding a casino license for the proposed Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in Lawrence County.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide a forum for individuals to voice their support or opposition to the application by Endeka Entertainment, L.P.  to obtain a Category 1 (racetrack) casino license at its proposed harness racing facility near the intersection of State Routes 551 and 422 in Mahoning Township.
 
All information received by the Board during the hearing, either in oral or written form, will be included in the record upon which the Board will grant or deny a license.

The resort would feature a new harness racing facility, about 1,250 slot machines with the capacity for 250 more, about 40 live table games, 10 poker tables and a parking lot for 2,000 vehicles.

Penn National Gaming, the same company building Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, would operate the racino with a one-third ownership stake.

55 people have registered to speak at today's hearing, however the gaming board will also accept written testimony.

Three of those who have registered to speak today are state legislators, 16 are classified as community group representatives, 18 are local government representatives, and the remaining 18 are private individuals.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Mahoning Township Community Center, 4512 West State Street, Hillsville PA, 16132.

Those who cannot attend the public hearing but would like to place written comments into the record can submit them using three other channels.

Through the web site link, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov

Comments may be faxed to 717-346-8350,

Or via mail to:
PA Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060, Harrisburg, PA 17106
Attention: Board Secretary






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