HKS and SmithGroupJJR designed the monstrous new casino and resort complex that has been under construction (and way over budget) across the river from Washington, D.C., on the Maryland side of the bay. Now, Arelis R. Hernández and Luz Lazo report in The Washington Post that the resort has a due date: Dec. 8. The million-square-foot center for gaming, shopping, partying, and relaxing will be open for the holidays, and the moment of truth for the people of Maryland's Prince George's County has arrived. It's certainly a double-edged blade for the local residents. One the one hand, 40 percent of the jobs at the resort are required to go to members of the community. On the other hand, the increase in traffic of upwards of 20,000 more people per day driving through the area could create a serious headache for them.

On the plus side, local D.C.-area celebrity chef José Andrés wil be bringing "a Spain-meets-Maryland experience" restaurant to the harbor, and the combination of Maryland crabs and Andrés' skills does sound delicious.

Read Arelis R. Hernández and Luz Lazo's full story in The Washington Post here.

And read more about the MGM National Harbor projects, and see more images, here.

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