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Construction underway again at mini-casino at York Galleria

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Construction has resumed at the Hollywood Casino at the York Galleria, Monday, November 9, 2020. Work on the $120 million project halted in March due to COVID-19.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Construction has resumed at Penn National's mini-casino in Springettsbury Township, and officials said they expect the project to wrap up by mid-2021.

The project, which temporarily halted construction in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, picked up again a few weeks ago, according to Jeff Morris, a spokesperson for Penn National. 

"Construction is resuming and we expect to open the facility in the second half of 2021," Morris said via email.

The $120 million project, which was originally estimated to be completed in 12 months, was unanimously approved for a gambling license by the state Gaming Control Board last December. 

But then the pandemic halted the construction in March. In July, roadwork at the site, the former Sears store in the York Galleria mall, 2899 Whiteford Road, resumed. 

That work, which entailed repairing the road and entrance to Whiteford Road, is now finished, according to Don Bishop, a Springettsbury Township supervisor and liaison to the community development department.

Patrons play slot machines at Hollywood Casino in Grantville, near Harrisburg, Friday, August 24, 2018. The casino is operated by Penn National Gaming, which may open a mini-casino in York County. Bill Kalina photo

"We had a great deal of confidence in Penn National Gaming throughout the pandemic," Bishop said via email. "They were in a really tough spot but they continue to keep us up to date. We are very pleased that they are continuing with the project."

Hollywood Casino at the York Galleria was the third Category 4 license approved by the state after a 2017 expansion in Pennsylvania gambling laws allowing for up to 10 permits for such "satellite" casinos. 

Penn National selected the York Galleria as the site of its first mini-casino in September 2018. The company bid the highest — $50 million — to place a casino in York County.

In August 2019, the Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a conditional use application for construction of the casino. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.