DeNaples submits application for resort and casino

Downtown — By on December 21, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Local businessman Louis DeNaples today formally filed an application for a gaming license with the state Gaming Control Board that would be the linchpin of a spectacular new 890-acre, $360 million resort and casino at the former Mount Airy Lodge ski resort in Paradise Twp.

Mt. Airy Lodge closed in 1999 and has been vacant since 2001. If the application by DeNaples’ Scranton-based company is approved, the first phase of the new Mount Airy Resort & Casino would open its doors in May 2007.

The planned Mount Airy Resort & Casino is well ahead of its competitors in seeking a gaming license for the region, having already worked with local officials to secure the necessary zoning and utility approvals for a Mount Airy Master Site Plan. Plans call for Phase I construction of a 200-room luxury resort hotel, a gaming and entertainment complex that would house 3,000 slot machines, four restaurants, two live entertainment lounges, an 18-hole championship golf course, an indoor pool, spa, retail shops. and a covered parking facility. Phase I construction is estimated at $300 million, which would be followed in Phase II with an expanded casino to accommodate a total of 5,000 slot machines, an additional 200 luxury hotel rooms, and additional conference, entertainment and parking facilities.

The new Mount Airy Resort & Casino would generate 300 new construction jobs in addition to the 650 permanent new full-time jobs. An economic impact analysis submitted with the application projects operating revenues of $215.9 million in Year One, rising to more than $427 million in revenues by Year Five. The analysis also concludes that the facility will generate more than $69 million in “indirect” economic benefits for the region in Year One chiefly through related business activities and the purchase of necessary supplies and materials from local vendors. That figure would rise to $161.5 million in Year Five.

What do you think the resort and casino would mean for the area? Click on “Comment Here” to voice your opinion.

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  • T F says:

    I don’t really care. I’d prefer a giant go-cart track or a Mario Van Peebles theme park, but whatever. It will bring people to the area to spend money, which could be good in the long term.

    By the way, It wouldn’t let me just make a comment – gave me an error message saying I didn’t correctly fill out the name fields when posting – yet there were no name fields to be filled out. May need to have someone check on this, as it could be why no one else has responded to this.

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