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P.G. County Architecture Firm To Consult for National Harbor Casino Project

Joshua Garner | 2/18/2014, 4:03 p.m. | Updated on 2/19/2014, 10:08 a.m.
A rendering of the proposed MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino (Courtesy MGM National Harbor)

A Temple Hills-based architect firm has been selected to provide management consulting services to MGM National Harbor for the construction of its casino resort, MGM announced Tuesday.

Arel Architects, Inc. will provide administrative management for the project's permit application processes with Maryland's Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement. The company is minority owned and headed by Ronald D. Lipford.

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Officials at MGM National Harbor, a planned $925 million resort and casino owned by MGM Resorts International that would sit along Oxon Hill Road, said they are committed to awarding a minimum of 30 percent of project contracts to local minority owned businesses. The issue has been a contentious one for local leaders and community members.

"From the very beginning, we declared that MGM National Harbor is committed to working with local certified minority-owned businesses, especially those here in Prince George's County," said Lorenzo Creighton, MGM National Harbor's president and chief operating officer. "Arel Architects comes highly recommended and we were impressed, not only with Ron's strong roots in the community, but also by his company's record of results. We're confident we've found a strong partner."

MGM announced last year that it was partnering with Radio One Radio One, the nation's largest African-American-owned broadcasting, in a $40 million deal.

MGM National Harbor is expected to open in 2016. Once complete, it will include a 300-room hotel, 3,600 slot machines, 140 table games, a 1,200-seat theater, and 35,000 square feet of meeting space, and restaurants.

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