Deal reached on racino horse stalls

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) — After months of delay, there appears to finally be a deal to end a controversy hanging over that long-awaited racino project in Austintown.

An agreement has been reached between Penn National Gaming and the Ohio Horsemen’s Association over the number of stalls and barns to be built as part of the Hollywood Mahoning Valley Race Course off Route 46. That information was laid out Thursday morning during a meeting of the Ohio Racing Commission in Columbus.

There will now be just over 1,000 stalls on the property, which is a little more than twice the number contained in Penn National’s initial plans.

In December, Penn National agreed to add about 300 more horse stalls than planned at the urging of the Ohio Horsemen’s Association and the Ohio Horse Racing Commission.

The racino is expected to open this summer, with racing to begin in November.

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