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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Boulevard at The Capital Centre pitched as alternative casino site


A view of the Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Largo. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Largely lost in the debate over a potential casino at National Harbor or Rosecroft Raceway is another, long-shot site in Prince George’s County: the Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Largo.

Charles Hopkins, a Prince George’s native and principal of RMD Holdings, has pitched a plan to Maryland lawmakers to put Casino Largo at the shopping center. As envisioned, the venue would have 4,750 slot machines, 117 table games and a host of other amenities, including a night club, spa and small sports arena.

Among the many hurdles facing the plan is the fact that Casino Largo would not be allowed under the current version of the legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

As written, similar bills pending in the Senate and House both invite competitive bids for a casino from a small swath of western Prince George’s that includes both National Harbor and Rosecroft. The shopping center proposed by Hopkins, which includes the Magic Johnson Theatres and an array of restaurants, is well outside the allowed zone.

Hopkins said he believes the bill should be amended.

“Frankly, I see no reason why we can’t be included,” Hopkins said.

Among the other selling points Hopkins offers for his casino site: The location at the intersection of the Capital Beltway and Arena Drive is accessible by the Metro system.

A Senate committee is expected to vote on the legislation later this week. Hopkins conceded that his chances are better in the House — where the leadership has appeared lukewarm about the bill itself.

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