Gaming board ends plans for Pa. casino, mile-long harness track

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 14, 2016 1:53 AM

FILE PHOTO: - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Montrel Teague drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, foreground, across the finish line to win the Little Brown Jug harness race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Hall, File)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has put an end to plans for a gambling facility in western Pennsylvania.

The seven-member board voted unanimously Wednesday to abandon the application for Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in Mahoning Township outside New Castle in Lawrence County.

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.

Commission Chairman Vito Yeropoli said the township is struggling to repay the debt.

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