A new hotel adjacent to the Hollywood Casino Columbus will be constructed by affiliated members of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council under a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).
Penn Entertainment, the owner of Hollywood Casino Columbus signed a CBA for the project, on July 20.
The CBA requires at least 20 percent of the project’s manhours to be performed by Columbus or Franklin County residents.
“Our Community Benefits Agreement will ensure this project is completed safely, on time and on budget, while utilizing a diverse local skilled workforce that reflects the community as it relates to people of color, women and veterans,” C/COBCTC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager said.
The $100 million project will create around 600 jobs for affiliated members of the local building trades, according to Hager.
The estimate includes work for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.
The new 150,000-square-foot Hollywood Casino will have 200 rooms, a restaurant, bar, conference space, a fitness center and an outdoor seating terrace.
The hotel will be connected by a walkway to the casino to allow visitors access to all the amenities. It will be the first hotel owned and connected to one of Ohio’s four main casinos.
Jay Snowden, Penn Entertainment President and CEO, told The Columbus Dispatch the Hollywood Casino Columbus is one of the company’s best-performing properties with over 1.5 million people visiting the casino last year.
“Since opening in 2012, our Columbus property has experienced tremendous growth, and the addition of a hotel at the property will create a true regional destination,” he said.
In October 2012, about 400 building tradesmen and tradeswomen constructed the $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus. The project was completed in one year.
Rick Skinner, Vice President and General Manager of Hollywood Casino, said the new amenities will allow the casino to offer a full conference and banquet package, attracting both existing clients and new business to Columbus, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 and other building trades will start construction of the new hotel this fall.