Maryland’s bet on MGM Resorts International to develop a hotel and casino at National Harbor
promises to pay big dividends in community benefits and jobs.
The billion-dollar project under construction on the Potomac is expected to generate $9 million annually for Prince George’s County. Plus contributions to local nonprofit organizations from MGM. An agreement announced by the county pledges $400,000 a year from casino profits for nonprofits.
No government money is involved in the project, reports the Washington Business Journal. The resort operator pledged to hire county residents for the 300-room hotel, and will recruit from the Washington region for casino and spa employees.
Examiner learned from a spokesperson at the Las Vegas headquarters of MGM Resorts International that the National Harbor hotel will have a full-service spa. Designed by Cesar Pelli and son, the soaring elliptical-shaped hotel will occupy a hilltop site on I-295.
Construction fim Whiting-Turner estimates 2,000 workers will be omployed on the project. The Baltimore-based company has begun site clearance, with building planned to start in six months.The MGM resort is scheduled to open in 2016.
With the addition of the casino/hotel, National Harbor will have two major spas, plus waterfront activity. New construction of condominiums is bringing additional residents and amenities.
At the Gaylord National Resort, the Marriott-managed hotel's Relache Spa features waterfront vistas and bodywork. Nestled in a glass-roofed atrium, this is one of Washington's best getaways. The 11 treatment rooms adjoin spacious relaxation lounges, Jacuzzi whirlpools, and walk-in showers.
In Las Vegas, MGM's flagship hotel has a vast spa complex that competes with the company's other hotels on the Strip. The International Spa Association will hold its annual conference and expositin at the Mandalay Bay Resort this October.