Casino executives and elected officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking. Photo courtesy of Rivers Casino.

The four-star hotel slated for Pittsburgh’s North Shore is another step closer to opening.

Elected officials including Mayor Bill Peduto and Senators Jay Costa and Wayne Fontana gathered this morning with executives from Rivers Casino, Massaro Corporation and Walton Street Capital to celebrate the groundbreaking of the seven-story Landing Hotel.

As announced in June, the privately funded project is slated to include 219 guestrooms, including 10 luxury terrace suites with private patios. It’s expected to create 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs, along with 1,400 temporary construction jobs.

At today’s event, Mayor Peduto noted that Rivers Casino is celebrating its 10th year in Pittsburgh, and he spoke about the additional development planned for the North Shore.

Along with the new hotel and planned mixed-use development near the Carnegie Science Center, Peduto said, “we will see a continuation and the finalization of all the development between the two stadiums, and now as we start looking west, on the other side of the West End Bridge, a new development to further connect all of this shore.”

The hotel is expected to open in early 2021.

Landing Hotel rendering courtesy of Rivers Casino.

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