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MGM unveils design plan for National Harbor


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Photo by Tauren Dyson. MGM National Harbor President Lorenzo Creighton, surrounded by MGM staff, said MGM is proud of the design and the company is the “clear choice to bring a destination resort to Prince George’s County.”

Photo by Tauren Dyson. MGM National Harbor President Lorenzo Creighton, surrounded by MGM staff, said MGM is proud of the design and the company is the “clear choice to bring a destination resort to Prince George’s County.”

Published on: Thursday, October 03, 2013

By Tauren Dyson

MGM planners unveiled the architectural plan and video display for its casino and hotel at National Harbor in late September.

The company plans to build the National Harbor site should it win a bid for the gaming license later this year.

“Knowing our resort will be the first representation of Maryland many visitors see crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, we designed something striking and beautiful, respectful of the opportunity to create an iconic gateway to Maryland,” Jim Murren, MGM Resorts CEO.

Photo by Tauren Dyson. A model of MGM National Habor features an 18-story glass walled tower and an “equatorial skylight” that will extend the length of the roof. The National Harbor design has a “plinth,” which resembles the base of a statue.

Photo by Tauren Dyson. A model of MGM National Habor features an 18-story glass walled tower and an “equatorial skylight” that will extend the length of the roof. The National Harbor design has a “plinth,” which resembles the base of a statue.

If MGM wins the bid, the casino would house 3,000 slot machines and 250 table games. The complex would also have a hotel, high-end retail clothiers and entertainment venues, which officials estimate would surpass $800 million to construct.

“MGM National Harbor will represent many things to many people,” Murren said. “Like chapters in a novel, each destination within the resort — from a star chef’s restaurant to the rejuvenating spa to the high-end retail — is designed to provide a sense of discovery, elegance and timelessness.”

With respect to the area’s scenery and proximity to the Washington, D.C., monuments, the design features an 18-story glass walled tower and an “equatorial skylight” that will extend the length of the roof. The National Harbor design has a “plinth,” which resembles the base of a statue.

“We are proud of our design and hope it reinforces to Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland that we’re ready to get to work,” said Lorenzo Creighton, MGM National Harbor president. “As we continue to engage with the local community, we remain confident that MGM Resorts is the clear choice to bring a destination resort to Prince George’s County.”

The only hurdle left for MGM to clear in Prince George’s County is the bidding process. Along with MGM, Penn National Gaming is in the running to open a casino at Rosecroft Racetrack and Parx Casino wants to establish a presence on Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission could decide which company wins the bid at the end of the year.

“As the commission continues its review of the submitted proposals, we are preparing for our public presentation to the community, where we’ll share our plans in detail,” Creighton said. “We’re confident both the commission and local county residents will see that an MGM resort at National Harbor will deliver on every promise we’ve made to the community.”

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