Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the formation of the Gaming Implementation Task Force. The group will ensure the Majestic Star Casino is developed as a world-class gaming facility that will be a responsible neighbor to the surrounding community and a dynamic asset for our region.
"The task force will work with Don Barden and PITG Gaming to make sure the new casino will be a landmark structure that complements and accentuates the existing skyline," said Onorato. "We'll also work to effectively integrate the casino into surrounding neighborhoods with minimal transportation, social and environmental impacts and to address concerns regarding vulnerable populations, including children and seniors."
"A key goal is to ensure the casino serves as a catalyst for future quality development in the area," said Ravenstahl. "It also provides an opportunity to reclaim the waterfront near the casino as a public amenity with spaces that preserve existing scenic views and vistas."
The Chief Executive and Mayor will serve as co-chairs of the task force, which will include state, county and city elected officials, as well as representatives from community organizations, area property owners, and law enforcement, human service and transportation agencies. The task force will have four sub-committees that focus on public safety, transportation, social impacts and property.
The task force will also work with PITG Gaming to ensure the casino operates with the least criminal and/or disorderly conduct impacts on surrounding uses and neighborhoods.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
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