Officials hope to lure mini-casino to Clearfield County

The proposed site for the mini-casino would be located just off Interstate 80. (Photo provided)

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County officials said Thursday they are working to lure a mini-casino to the area.

Clearly Ahead Development, Visit Clearfield County and Lawrence Township have been in contact with potential casino owners in an effort to promote the north parcel commercial area of the Commerce Park in Lawrence Township, officials said in a news release.

The proposed site for the mini-casino would be located just off Interstate 80 and is clearly visible from the highway. Nearly 30,000 people pass by this location on I-80 each day, officials said.

“The site is extremely conducive to development due to its speed to market infrastructure capabilities in the north parcel, a well-commercialized exit with immediate hotel infrastructure, and ease of visitor accessibility from Interstate 80,” said Rob Swales, CEO of Clearly Ahead Development.

Hotels in the area can accommodate 1,600 people, according to Visit Clearfield County. The new businesses would be classified as category 4 gambling establishments or mini-casinos that will have as many as 750 slot machines and up to 40 gaming tables.

The mini-casinos must be at least 25 miles from the current larger casinos.

The licenses are being auctioned off on a bi-weekly basis through May by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

With eight more licenses available, Clearfield County is vying for the attention of the casino operators to consider the area.

In January, the first mini-casino was awarded to an operator to locate in York County. The second was awarded for a location in Westmoreland County.

“A mini-casino could bring great benefits to the county,” said Clearfield County Commissioner John Sobel. “In addition to employing up to 300 people, it would be a revenue source for both the county and the municipality where it is located.

“Each would receive three percent of the casino’s revenue, which would bring money into the area and become a great source of relief for taxpayers.”

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