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LeVan Abandons PA Racino Proposal

Published: June 20, 2017 1:50 pm ET

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It was recently announced that businessman David LeVan, who earlier this year proposed the Mason-Dixon Downs racino in Pennsylvania that would feature live Standardbred racing, has abandoned his plans.

According to an article on, LeVan cited legislative uncertainty surrounding the expansion of casino gaming in the state in his decision.

In January, during a press conference at Hanover Shoe Farms, LeVan announced his intention to apply for and secure the state’s final harness racing licence and gaming licence in order to build Mason-Dixon Downs, a Standardbred racino that would be situated in Freedom Township, which is located in Adams County, close to the Maryland border. The racino would’ve been situated on a 700-acre property that is located just over three miles from Gettysburg National Military Park.

In March, the public was able to get a first look at some of the preliminary details of Mason-Dixon Downs. During the open meeting, LeVan explained that there is a symbiotic relationship between gaming and the State of Pennsylvania.

"What we're proposing isn't new," LeVan said at the time. "In fact, in a commonwealth with such rich history, it's somewhat common. Gaming and Pennsylvania's rich historical heritage already co-exist quite nicely."

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