P.G. County Residents to Weigh In on National Harbor Casino

Input Sought for Community Benefit Agreement

Joshua Garner | 2/10/2014, 4:07 p.m.
A rendering of the proposed MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino (Courtesy MGM National Harbor)

Prince George's County residents hoping to give their input on plans to bring a casino to National Harbor near Oxon Hill will have a chance to weigh in during Tuesday's county council meeting.

Officials plan on briefing members of the council on a pending community benefits plan between the county and MGM National Harbor, a planned $925 million resort and casino along the Potomac River near Oxon Hill. Community benefits, or community benefits agreements, usually ensure that intuitions in surrounding communities benefit from large developments.

Councilman Obie Patterson (D-District 8) of Fort Washington said in the fall that he will pursue a community benefit agreement with the developers building a casino in his district. His proposed agreement calls for resources to be given to local schools, community centers and nonprofits.

Residents wishing to address the council regarding the community benefit plan can contact council clerk Redis Floyd at (301) 952-3600. The council meeting will begin 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

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