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$60M hotel planned for North Shore

PITTSBURGH — Rivers Casino said Tuesday that work on a $60 million North Shore hotel will begin this summer.

The seven-story, four-star property will be 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.

Owners of the casino received approval for the hotel from the Pittsburgh Planning Commission in 2017. The development was postponed following the approval of gaming legislation that added mini-casinos and reshaped the Pennsylvania gaming landscape.

“The time is right,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. “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 casino has successfully completed several significant property upgrades, including the addition of a gourmet burger restaurant, FLIPT; the opening of its event center for upsized galas and expos; and the launching Pittsburgh’s first licensed sportsbook.

This will be the second location for the Landing Hotel. The first opened in Schenectady, N.Y., in 2017 as part of Rivers Casino and Resort’s complex at Mohawk Harbor. The hotel will add approximately 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs, along with 1,400 temporary construction jobs. Pittsburgh-based Massaro Construction Group will handle the construction.

Rush Street officials said the hotel will make optimal use of the property’s riverfront location and will feature expansive windows on every level with unobstructed views of the Ohio River and Pittsburgh’s skyline. Included among the guest rooms will be 10 luxury terrace suites, each with private first-floor patios. A contemporary interior and exterior design will be integrated with other North Shore venues, they added.

The $60 million additional investment is completely privately funded.

Pending approval from zoning and planning departments, construction is set to get under way sometime this summer. It will take approximately 18 months to complete the project. Rivers anticipates being able to hold a ribbon-cutting sometime in early 2021.

The hotel was designed by 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. Development Management Associates will serve as owner’s representative.

The casino, which opened in 2009, has 1,700 employees and features 2,708 slots, 128 table games (including a 30-table live poker room), 55 hybrid gaming seats and a sportsbook area for live sports betting. It offers nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, the event center, a multipurpose ballroom, live music performances, free parking and promotions and giveaways daily.

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