Landing Hotel rendering courtesy of Rivers Casino.

The North Shore is getting a four-star hotel.

Rivers Casino expects to break ground this summer on the $60 million Landing Hotel Pittsburgh, a seven-story property attached to the east facade of the casino building. The company expects to add 128 permanent new hotel and casino jobs, along with 1,400 temporary construction jobs.

The hotel will feature “contemporary interior and exterior design” with large windows on every level and unobstructed views of the Ohio River and city skyline, according to an announcement about the project. Among the 219 guest rooms, there will be 10 luxury terrace suites with private first-floor patios.

The project will require approval from the city’s planning and zoning departments.

Pittsburgh-based Massaro Construction Group will build the hotel, projected to open in early 2021, based on designs by the architecture firm VOA. Klai Juba Wald is the executive architect for the hotel and related renovations, with planning and landscape design by the Pittsburgh office of Strada, LLC.

The privately funded project will be the second Landing Hotel. The first opened in upstate New York in 2017 as part of the Rivers Casino and Resort complex at Mohawk Harbor.

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission had approved the project in 2017. But development was postponed after new gaming legislation added category-four “mini-casinos” and impacted Pittsburgh’s casino business.

Now “the time is right,” Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh said in an announcement today. “Statewide gaming expansion changed our schedule, but never our intentions. Rush Street always envisioned a hotel for Rivers to create a full-service destination on the North Shore. We see it as a natural evolution.”

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