Groundbreaking set for Westmoreland Mall casino
More than a year since a new mini casino at Westmoreland Mall was proposed, construction crews will start work in Hempfield next month.
Work on the the 100,000-square-foot casino dubbed “Live! Casino Pittsburgh” will begin Nov. 13, making room for 750 slot machines and 30 table games, a sportsbook area, restaurant and entertainment venues.
A groundbreaking event will feature officials from Maryland-based Cordish Companies, which owns Stadium Casino, the company granted the $40 million gaming license in July 2018, along with local and regional elected officials.
The casino, slated to open next summer in the former Bon-Ton space, received its final license from state gaming officials in August. Pittsburgh-based Mascaro Construction Co. has been hired as the general contractor for the $150 million casino project, Cordish officials announced Wednesday.
“We are excited for this opportunity to work with The Cordish Companies, one of the preeminent gaming and hospitality developers in the nation, on building this distinctive entertainment destination within the Westmoreland Mall,” John C. Mascaro Jr., president and CEO at Mascaro Construction, said in a statement. “Our 30-plus years of expertise within the market has prepared us to carry out the vision for Live! Casino and deliver a great new experience to the Westmoreland County community.”
Mascaro has done work for the National Aviary, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Heinz Hall, the World War II memorial on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, Heinz Field expansions, PNC Park and universities and medical buildings, according to the company website.
“When it came time to select a general contractor for Live! Casino, it was clear to us that working with Mascaro was a natural fit,” Reed Cordish, principal at The Cordish Companies, said in the release. “Their team is local, knowledgeable, experienced, shares a similar dedication to excellence and understands our vision for this unique gaming, dining and entertainment destination. We look forward to working with them.”
Stacey Keating, spokesperson for CBL Properties — the entity that owns Westmoreland and Monroeville malls — said the casino will spur development and encourage people to spend time at Westmoreland Mall.
“Live! Casino Pittsburgh at Westmoreland Mall will have a tremendous positive impact on the mall and the surrounding area,” she said. “Once completed, this addition will dramatically transform the property and serve as a catalyst for future development.”
A timeline for construction has not been revealed, but mall officials started demolition inside the store in April.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .