After months of tearing down old Bethlehem Steel buildings, the project to build a $600 million casino project in Bethlehem moved into the building phase today.
Despite a steady rain, city and company officials gathered to watch the pouring of concrete for the casino.
Not only did it mean that the $600 million Sands BethWorks casino was finally under construction, but it means crews would allow nothing to knock them off their schedule to have people dropping money into slot machines by the spring of 2009.
It also means Sands BethWorks remains on schedule to begin erecting 16,000 tons of steel on Feb. 15.
"You better believe we're pouring concrete today," said Sands BethWorks President Robert DeSalvio, who traveled from Las Vegas. "We're not messing around."