Mount Airy Passes Up Lawrence County for Big Beaver Mini-Casino Location
Officials in Lawrence County received disappointing news this week. The county had been courting Mount Airy, hoping the casino would select a location in Lawrence for their satellite casino. Mount Airy passed up Lawrence's offer for a 110-acre tract in Big Beaver in Northern Beaver County.
Dan Vogler, Chairman of the Lawrence County Commissioners, was perhaps the most disappointed after having advocated for the mini-casino. The proposed Beaver location is just one mile south of the Lawrence-Beaver border. Vogler acknowledged the employment opportunities the location will provide for Lawrence residents, but was still disappointed his county will not receive host benefits.
Daniel Camp, Chairman of the Beaver County Commissioners, emphasized how the mini-casino will benefit the entire region. Camp anticipates the casino will be an “economic boon” for both counties. A portion of the revenue from the new mini-casino will be dedicated to Beaver County.
Officials from Mount Airy say they plan to file the necessary paperwork to make their Big Beaver mini-casino official well before the October 12 deadline. Located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit, the location is roughly 300 miles from Mount Airy's existing casino in the Poconos.
Mount Airy's winning bid for the mini-casino license was $21.2 million. They were given a central point with a 15-mile radius to designate the area with which they could build a casino. That radius included the counties of Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, and Beaver.
After months of interviews and careful market studies in the available locations, officials from Mount Airy said they picked the Big Beaver location due to its proximity to Pittsburgh, roughly 35 miles away.