Lawrence Downs

Artist's conception of the proposed Lawrence Downs.

An order eliminating the Mahoning Township's chances for a casino license was received Wednesday.

Township solicitor Lou Perrotta said he received the one-sentence order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to quash the appeal filed by the township and Lawrence County.

In July, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected the casino license application from Philadelphia-based Endeka Entertainment for a license to operate a casino at Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort. Endeka opted not to appeal the rejection, but the county and township did citing the investment made in infrastructure in anticipation of the facility.

Perrotta said he will look into what chances the township has for reconsideration, but said this order appears to end the hope for a multi-million-dollar harness racing and casino complex proposed for Mahoning Township.

"What we received today is a one-sentence order, there is no opinion, but the Supreme Court knows their rules. This is undoubtedly all they need.

"This has been disappointing but we seem to have done all that we can do."



Nancy Lowry is a reporter at the New Castle News. Email her at

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