The construction of Baltimore City’s first ever casino, the $440 million Horseshoe Casino, is perfectly on schedule and expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Work on the casino has been ongoing for well over half a year already and the residents of the area have been able to watch the empty dirt lot transform into what will soon be a world-class casino right before their eyes. According to officials in charge of the construction, the hardest parts of the construction project are in the past and residents will start to see the casino take shape over the next year.
There have been renderings released to the public that show the finished product, and now with the steel beams in place, the casino is starting to take shape and come to life.
The project of constructing the casino and later running it will be great for the local economy. There are currently over 2,000 construction workers employed and working on the project and once the casino opens, it will provide about 1,700 permanent jobs, according to city officials.
Once completed, the 110,000 square foot casino will be the second largest in the state of Maryland and the first ever in Baltimore City. The construction of the casino was first envisioned with the passing of a referendum in 2008 that approved a video lottery terminal in the city and other state locations. In 2012, the state lottery commission approved the plans for the development of the gaming facility itself.
The campaign to pass these referendums that would increase gambling operations in the state was one of the most expensive ever, with over $90 million dollars being spent by officials to get the voting public on their side. Of course, the casino and other gambling projects in the state are expected to bring a lot of revenue to the state in the coming years.