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Pittsburgh slot casino breaks ground

5 December 2007

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Nearly one full year after the license was awarded, construction of Pittsburgh's only slot machine casino finally will get rolling.

"Don Barden intends to break ground on his $450 million riverfront casino just west of the Carnegie Science Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A host of dignitaries have been invited to participate, including Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Mary DiGiacomo Colins, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which awarded Mr. Barden the casino license.

"It's been quite a year for Mr. Barden, a Detroit businessman who overcame long odds to win the rights to the Pittsburgh license last Dec. 20, beating out two bigger and better known competitors.

"...Construction is expected to take 16 months, meaning the casino, barring further delays, should be ready to open in April 2009.

"...Tuesday's groundbreaking will take place hours before a public hearing before the city planning commission on the design of the steel and glass casino and the massive parking garage that will sit directly behind it..."

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