by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 05, 2016

The Cordish Cos. will build a $200 million Live! Hotel at its Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Md. The project will add 350,000 square feet of gaming space to the facility, as well as a 310-room hotel, an event center, new dining options and a spa.

"Maryland Live! Casino is the premier gaming, entertainment and retail destination serving the heart of the Baltimore/Washington population," said Robert J. Norton, president of the Cordish Global Gaming Group. "The addition of our flagship Live! Hotel is just the latest investment we are making to ensure Maryland Live! continues to be the preferred choice for visitors seeking a world-class gaming and entertainment experience."

The 310-room luxury property will include 52 suites. The Grand Event Center will feature a 1,500-seat concert venue, state-of-the-art A/V and seating systems, space for dinners of up to 800 people, plus breakout rooms, prefunction space and a boardroom. Among the new dining spaces will be a 24-hour café; a gelato bar serving espresso, coffee drinks, fresh-baked pastries and a variety of Italian specialty gelato; and a signature lobby bar. The new spa and salon also will feature a fitness center.

Groundbreaking on the hotel tower is scheduled for fall 2016, with opening day expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.