HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has put an end to plans for a harness racetrack and casino combo in Lawrence County.
The seven-member board voted unanimously Wednesday to abandon the application for Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in Mahoning Township outside New Castle.
The struggle to bring a racino to Lawrence County has dragged on for a dozen years while passed around by developers.
Endeka Entertainment had proposed the state’s only one-mile harness racing track and a full casino. County officials said they expected it to bring as many as 600 jobs.
Several board members had expressed concerns about whether the project could be built for $205 million, which Endeka said included the licensing fee and construction costs.
Mahoning Township spent $10 million on a water plant and other development for the property. Local officials say the township is struggling to repay the debt.
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