Rush Street Gaming is to introduce its second Landing Hotel location, with Rivers Casino Pittsburgh green-lighted for the $60m project.

Joining its sister complex  which opened in Schenectady, New York, in 2017 as part of Rivers Casino and Resort’s complex at Mohawk Harbor, the company is to break ground on the North Shore property later this summer.

Set to be built by Pittsburgh-based Massaro Construction Group, the seven storey, four-star property is to attach to the existing casinos eastern facade.

The $60 construction received approval from the Pittsburgh Planning Commission two years ago, with postponement ensuing following the approval of gaming legislation that added category 4 mini-casinos, which the company states “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 its event centre for up-sized galas and expositions and launching Pittsburgh’s first licensed sportsbook.

The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh will add approximately 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs, along with 1,400 temporary construction jobs, with Rivers Casino Pittsburgh already beginning the administrative process of applying for permits with the city.

Pending approval from zoning and planning departments, construction is to commence will take approximately 18 months to complete, with Rivers anticipating holding the ribbon-cutting sometime in early 2021.

“The time is right,” stated Greg Carlin, CEO of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and its Rush Street Gaming owner. “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.”

Recently Rush Street Gaming unveiled plans to undergo a further transformation within Pennsylvania, after announcing that its Sugarhouse Casino is to introduce a series of property upgrades later this year, which is set to include a re-brand to become Rivers Casino Philadelphia.