Monday, July 28, 2008
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will meet with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Executive Director Tuesday morning. Onorato says his request to the board has not changed. He wants it to find a financially stable owner that can get the facility open as close to on time as possible while living up to all of the commitments made by PITG Gaming. That includes the financial commitments to help build the arena and community development funds along with the "world class" amenities of the casino building itself. Neil Bluhm has said he will live up to all commitments other than the amphitheater and he is ready to take control of the licenses as soon as possible. Onorato says he has heard rumors that other entities are interested in doing the same but he has no hard facts. He says only the gaming control board has that information. He hopes the board will meet publicly this week to talk about its options and a potential time line for approval. He says the sooner it does that the sooner it will win back public confidence. He says whomever gets control of the licenses needs to be fully vetted to make sure they can live up to their promises.