Fort Washington Families Forced to Move for Casino
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FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Some in a small community of 9 homes on Old Fort Road in Fort Washington have already left. Others are having a harder time of it because they don’t have the resources or money to pick up and go.
Maryland Casino LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, is proposing to build an $800 million casino, hotel and entertainment venue on the Prince George’s County land. As a result, the residents of the community near the intersection of Old Fort Road and Indian Head Highway were given a 40-day notice to vacate.
A man identifying himself as a resident of one of the homes told WNEW’s Karen Adams that the casino, the county and even the landowner stand to gain from the sale, but families and individuals living there are upset that they’ve been giving so little time and no resources to move.
Maryland lawmakers last year approved allowing one casino location in Prince George’s County, and two companies in addition to Greenwood Racing have submitted proposals.
Penn National, based in Wyomissing, Pa., is proposing a $700 million casino at the company’s Rosecroft Raceway. Its proposed Hollywood Casino Resort would include slot machines, live table games and a poker room. The plan also includes a hotel with a pool and spa and a multipurpose event center. Rosecroft also would feature horse racing.
A subsidiary of MGM Resorts International submitted its proposal last week for an $800 million casino at National Harbor. MGM did not publicly release details when the plan was submitted. However, MGM officials have previously discussed plans for a luxurious casino with slot machines and live table games, as well as a hotel next to the National Harbor development on the Potomac River.
State officials will now review the three proposals.