Pensylvania - Officials from Seven Springs Mountain
Resort today unveiled the exterior design of a planned
$5.4 million casino that would create approximately 350
new jobs for local citizens and generate millions in property
tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. The event was
also attended by local, county and state officials, business
community leaders and private residents.
excited to build a facility that will benefit so many
people in our region," said Scott Bender, president
and chief operating officer of Seven Springs. "Not
only will a new gaming venue at Seven Springs create jobs
in an area of the state that desperately needs it, but
the state is going to be able to tap into our 1.2 million
annual visitors immediately to help create property tax
relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. Significant revenues
will also go to local and county governments. We look
forward to making our case to the Pennsylvania Gaming
Control Board for a Category 3 license."
Springs has been rated the top ski resort in the mid-Atlantic,
and the gaming facility will only enhance that reputation,"
said Ron Aldom, executive director, Somerset County Chamber
of Commerce. "That can only benefit our local businesses,
economy and create more family-sustaining jobs. This is
a good day for our region."
excited and we look forward to working with Seven Springs
in attracting more visitors to the region. It will add
yet another amenity for visitors to enjoy while in the
Laurel Highlands," Annie Urban, executive director
of the Laurel Highland Visitors Bureau, said. "This
facility is gong to help our region grow."
proposed 26,900 square-foot gaming facility will be constructed
onto the Conference Center wing of the Main Lodge complex
and will allow for convenient access for both drive-in
and overnight guests. The octagon-shaped building will
have a rustic architectural style and construction treatments
utilizing native stone, exposed timbers with wood and
glass exteriors designed to complement all existing resort
facilities and landscapes. Approximately 15,000 square
feet will be necessary for the 500 slot machines. Of this,
1,900 square feet will be utilized for a dining and seating
area. There will also be a bar and lounge area in the
center of the gaming floor. "It was important to
us that the design fit nicely into the mountain theme
that our visitors have come to enjoy and appreciate as
being unique to Seven Springs," Bender said. "Our
guests will not see something flashy and filled with neon.
It's important to us to preserve the mountain character
of the resort and the family-first atmosphere we have
the casino will be connected to the Conference Center
wing off the Main Lodge, visitors will not find it necessary
to walk past slot machines in order to get to their rooms,
the dining areas or the slopes. In keeping with the resort's
long-standing commitment to safety, a state-of-the-art
security system will be in place at the facility to ensure
that our guests feel secure when visiting the resort.
Springs has always invested heavily in the security for
our guests," Bender said. "We will spare no
expense in making sure our visitors enjoy their experience."
law created two Category 3 licenses for resorts and allows
for 500 slot machines -- by far, the smallest of any category
in the state. For example, Category 1 and 2 licenses will
allow horse racing tracks and stand alone parlors to add
up to 5,000 slot machines.
Seven Springs is successful in their bid for a license,
slots revenues will also help expedite several improvement
projects at the resort, including:
Construction of the first outdoor phase of a 2.5-acre
water park, to be
located in front of the high-rise hotel at the base
of the slopes.
While many details are still in development, plans include
a lazy river,
a zero-entry pool, several chutes and slides, children's
areas, a place for simply relaxing poolside and nightly
Each of the 400 rooms in the resort's 10-story high-rise
hotel will be
renovated during a $4 million overhaul. Enhancing the
experience, the lodge is also scheduled to receive an
with improvements to many public spaces, including the
addition of a day
spa and comprehensive fitness center.
Continued automation of the resort's snow making system,
the addition of
another six-seat high speed chairlift on the North Face,
ski terrain to include the Great Western area.
peak ski season, Seven Springs fills every hotel in Somerset
County and many hotels in Fayette and Westmoreland counties,"
Bender said. "With the first-class water park we
hope to introduce this summer, Seven Springs is giving
people another reason to come year-round.
Springs also has become a major convention center, hosting
nearly 1,000 conferences and meetings each year. A gaming
license will enable Seven Springs to continue to compete
with out-of-state gaming venues that are expanding their
facilities to include convention space and lodging. In
doing so, the state will be helping to protect the 1,500
jobs Seven Springs provides each year."
firm responsible for designing the Seven Springs gaming
facility is JCJ Architecture, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut.
JCJ is a 70-year old firm with 180 design professionals
that specialize in architecture, interiors, master planning
and economic development. They have performed approximately
$5 billion in gaming design work throughout the world
working, including Foxwoods
Resort Casino in Connecticut, Seneca
Niagara Casino and Spa Hotel in upstate New York,
Casino & Turf Club in California and Seven Hills
Beach and Resort Casino, U.S. Virgin Islands.
put together a first-rate team that has considerable experience
in designing casinos that are visually attractive and
fun for visitors," Bender said.
Springs Mountain Resort, located in Champion, Pa., is
Pennsylvania's largest ski and year-round resort, and
was recently rated #1 in the mid- Atlantic region by readers
of SKI magazine. Located within 200 miles of the major
metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus,
Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Seven Springs is easily
accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania
Turnpike. For more information on Seven Springs, visit
http://www.7springs.com or call 800-452-2223.