This morning a topping off ceremony was held by officials of the SugarHouse Casino, located in Fishtown. The venue will soon complete a renovation and expansion which had a price tag of $164 million. With the expansion, the casino would increase from a 108,000 square foot facility to 260,000 square feet with an additional area added for parking.

In the new gaming areas, the casino will now offer 289 slot games, 44 table games and a 28 table poker room. Non-gaming amenities are also included in the renovations with new restaurants and an event space addition. The event space will include 30,000 square feet of venue space.

Once completed, the expansion will create close to 500 new jobs and will provide $1 million to the Penn Treaty Special Services District. This money will be used for the economic development of Fishtown and the neighborhoods nearby.

The renovations only began last July and will soon be completed. Attending the topping off ceremony include Wendy Hamilton, the General Manager, and Greg Carlin, the Rush Street Gaming CEO. The construction management of the project was done by the Skanska USA Building Inc. while the development management was overseen by the Keating Consulting LLC. The project began after expansion plans were created by Cope Linder Architects.