HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The new mini-casino coming to Westmoreland County is taking a big step forward today.

Officials broke ground Wednesday morning on the new $150 million gaming and entertainment facility at the Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township.

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It is estimated that the new casino will bring in $200 million in annual economic revenue and create more than 1,400 jobs.

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“The project will support over 500 jobs and they’ll be in every field, including finance, marketing, human resources, information technologies, food and beverage facilities, operations security,” said Cordish Companies President Rob Norton.

Leaders say the jobs will be given to local residents first and then offered to people in surrounding communities. They hope to start hiring within the next couple of months.

The 100,000 square-foot casino is expected to have 750 slot machines, 30 table games, a sportsbook bar and more.

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The casino is set to open next summer.