Trustees Review New Racino Plans

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Penn National gaming officials on Tuesday updated Austintown trustees on the finalized plans for the $125 million Hollywood Mahoning Valley Racecourse off state Route 46.

As Turner construction crews continue to prep the site contractors and architects met with township officials.

Updated plans include 1,001 seats that the Ohio Racing Commission mandated the company include in their plans.

“So they brought those in today for our review and we have looked over them,” said township trustee Jim Davis. “Everything seems up to par. It’s a good day for Austintown as this project moves forward.”

Trustees said they will soon issue Penn National a zoning permit, meaning construction could soon begin.

“You’ll see workers out there as late as next week so they will be out there working on the site, getting it prepared and they have already contacted the steel and concrete contractors to get them out to the job site and get them ready to be mobilized,” Davis said.

Plans for two new hotels are moving forward. The plans for a new Home 2 Suites by Hilton have already been submitted and permits are likely to be issued soon for a new Candlewood Suits by Holiday Inn Express, officials said.

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