A rendering of the proposed MGM Casino at National Harbor.
The Prince George's County Council is expected to clear the way for construction of a new casino at National Harbor.
The council is expected to approve MGM's application for the casino at a hearing later today. The go-ahead would allow construction to begin a few weeks from now for a casino slated to open by the summer of 2016.
The county planning board approved the project back in May, despite complaints from residents and community leaders who object to the building's lighting features and giant video screens.
Officials with MGM Resorts International say the video screens are an important part of the building's operation and design.
The company is planning a 300-room glass tower hotel and a complex with 36-hundred slot machines, 140 gaming tables, a theater, several restaurants, and high-end stores.