Monday, July 21, 2008
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato has a few demands of the Pennsylvania gaming control board now that the ownership of the north shore slots parlor is in flux. Onorato says he does not want to tell the gaming control board how to do its job but he wants to remind the members that they must thoroughly review the shift in controlling interest from Don Barden’s group to Neil Bluhm’s organization. He says he wants assurances that the new ownership group will be able to get the job done this time and live up to all the commitments made by Barden. Among those commitments is the promise to build a ballroom, amphitheater and river front walk as part of the project. Onorato says the public should be skeptical. Not of the proposed investors but of the control board and the process.