Rivers Casino preparing to break ground for $60 million Pittsburgh hotel

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Rivers Casino Pittsburgh announced that it will break ground on a $60 million North Shore hotel later this summer.

The seven-story, four-star property, called The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh, and will include 219 guest rooms. The hotel will attach to the existing casino on the east facade, facing the Carnegie Science Center.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh received approval for a hotel from the Pittsburgh Planning Commission in 2017. The development was postponed following the approval of gaming legislation that added category 4 “mini-casinos” and reshaped the Pennsylvania casino landscape. In the meantime, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh successfully completed several significant property upgrades, among them: adding gourmet burger restaurant, FLIPT; opening The Event Center for upsized galas and expos; and launching Pittsburgh’s first licensed sportsbook.

“The time is right,” Greg Carlin, the CEO of Rush Street Gaming and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, said in a statement. “Statewide gaming expansion changed our schedule, but never our intentions. Rush Street always envisioned a hotel for Rivers to create a full-service destination on the North Shore. We see it as a natural evolution.”

The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh will add approximately 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs, along with 1,400 temporary construction jobs. To build the hotel, Rush Street has selected Pittsburgh-based Massaro Construction Group.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh has already begun the administrative process of applying for permits with the city. Pending approval from zoning and planning departments, construction is set to get underway sometime this summer. It will take approximately 18 months to complete the project.

The hotel was designed by noted hospitality architect VOA. Klai Juba Wald is the executive architect for the hotel and related renovations, with planning and landscape design by the Pittsburgh office of Strada LLC.

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