Rivers Casino to begin construction of $60 million hotel on North Shore | TribLIVE.com

Rivers Casino to begin construction of $60 million hotel on North Shore

Bob Bauder
Rivers Casino
A rendering of a seven-story hotel that will be constructed next to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Officials hosted a ceremonial ground breaking on Aug. 13, 2019. A rendering of a seven-story hotel that Rivers Casino will build next to the Carnegie Science Center along Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Officials hosted a ceremonial ground breaking outside the casino on Tuesday.
Bob Bauder | Tribune-Review
Greg Carlin, CEO of Rivers Casino and its parent company, Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming.

Rivers Casino announced Tuesday the start of construction on its long anticipated Landing Hotel that will connect to the casino on the city’s North Shore.

The casino is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and officials lamented delays that pushed the hotel construction back.

Greg Carlin, CEO of Rivers and its parent company, Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming, blamed the latest delay on concerns about how changes in Pennsylvania gambling law, which included online sports betting, would impact the business.

“It would have been nice to do it on the five-year anniversary, but we had lots of starts and stops along the way,” he said. “Everything’s lined up and we’re excited to be finally started on the project. This is going to be the nicest hotel on the North Shore.”

Elected officials and dignitaries joined casino representatives Tuesday morning for a ceremonial ground breaking outside the casino.

Rivers is planning a $60 million, four-star hotel on the east side of the casino next to the Carnegie Science Center. The seven-story building will feature 219 rooms, including 10 luxury terrace suites with private first-floor patios. It is expected to be complete by early 2021.

The project will be privately funded by Rush Street Gaming and Walton Street Capital and produce 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs and about 1,400 construction jobs, according to Bill Keena, the casino’s general manager. Massaro Corp. is the general contractor.

Keena noted that Rivers recently opened Flipt, a burger restaurant, along with an events center and a temporary sports book on the casino’s main floor. River’s permanent sports book is scheduled to open by late September.

Celebrity chef Steve Martorano is planning to open Martorano’s Prime, an Italian steak house later this year, Keena said. It will replace Andrew’s Steak & Seafood restaurant, which is closing after Labor Day weekend.

Keena described the groundbreaking as “a symbolic example of mountains that we moved here lately with our team members.”

“One of the most things exciting things here about Rivers has always been our location,” he said. “We have breath-taking views of the river, Mt. Washington and the Point.”

Mayor Bill Peduto said the area was once occupied by steel mills.

“That was the economy back then,” the mayor said. “As we look at a changing economy, and a diverse economy of this city, we can see that potential along this shoreway.”

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.