After reviewing design plans for a planned MGM casino and hearing testimony from supporters and opponents of the project during a hearing Thursday in Upper Marlboro, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission unanimously approved the detailed site plan for the gaming facility scheduled to open at National Harbor in 2016.
Among nine people who testified during the hearing, several said they were concerned that five LED video boards that are part of the design plan will make the neighborhood too bright at night and be distraction to motorists on the highway.
“This is not Las Vegas,” said Fort Washington resident Richard Krueger, echoing remarks by a couple of other residents.
But Arthur Horne, Jr., an attorney representing MGM with law firm Shipley and Horne, P.A. said studies have shown that LED video boards are no more distracting to drivers than non-video billboards commonly seen along highways.
“It’s a great day in Prince George’s County,” Horne said.
Starting today, residents have 30 days to appeal the decision to the Prince George’s District Council, said Anika Jackson, public affairs specialist with the M-NCPPC.