US – Rivers Casino to add $51.5m hotel in PittsburghBy Phil - 25 January 2017
Rivers Casino appeared before the Pittsburgh Planning Commission Tuesday, January 24, to outline plans for a proposed $51.5m hotel.
The seven-story, four-star hotel will include 221 guest rooms and will connect to the casino on its east end, utilising the vacant land between the casino and the Carnegie Science Center.
The contemporary hotel design uses expansive windows on every level to maximize riverfront views and to integrate distinctively, yet seamlessly, into existing North Shore architecture. Rivers Casino Hotel will also include a fitness center, new restaurant and lobby bar. A spa will be added to the existing casino facility to accommodate hotel and casino guests.
“The possibility of a hotel was first included in the casino’s 2006 Master Development Plan, and we’re excited to begin this next stage in our evolution,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. “The new Rivers Casino Hotel fulfils the promise of a true destination casino.”
The hotel meets zoning requirements, and traffic studies confirm no negative impact on nearby intersections and vehicle queues. All required parking will be valet and absorbed by Rivers Casino’s existing parking garage.
Rivers Casino Hotel will be operated under the Rivers Casino brand and construction will be 100 percent privately funded.
Rivers Casino Hotel will bring approximately 1,528 new jobs to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Rivers Casino, already one of Pittsburgh’s largest employers, will add 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs, along with 1,400 construction jobs.
Rivers Casino Hotel will permanently increase state and local tax benefits by six per cent, adding an estimated $10.5m in new tax revenue annually. In calendar year 2015, Rivers Casino generated $180.7m in tax revenue. Rivers Casino has generated more than $1bn in tax revenue since opening in 2009.