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Pittsburgh area mall gets a casino

Rock climbing centers, sure. Hospital clinics, assuredly. Food courts, of course. But a casino?

Emptied Macy’s, Penney’s, and Sears stores are being filled with lots of new uses by mall owners, but CBL may be the first to add roulette, craps, and one-arm bandits to the list. It has announced plans to replace the Bon-Ton department store at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania, with a Stadium Casino and entertainment complex.

“This combination of gaming and new dining venues, which is the first in the CBL portfolio will draw new traffic to Westmoreland Mall from across the region, positioning the property for long-term growth and success,” said CBL CEO Stephen Lebovitz.

The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility will be developed in partnership with The Cordish Companies and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment. The 1.2-million-sq.-ft. mall is located off Route 30, approximately 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania State Senator Kim Ward, who worked to expand gaming to ancillary locations over the past decade, believes the casino will revitalize the mall.

“This project will bring a sizable increase in our tax base and a significant number of full-time jobs,” Ward said.

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