It sat for a year, shut down by the pandemic.

But now that the end of the Covid-19 crisis is apparently in sight, construction work on the US $ 60 million “The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh” of the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh has resumed this week.

Cranes from the local general contractor Massaro Corp. have returned to the construction site. According to a statement from the casino, the steel girder construction is expected to resume in the next few days.

“We are very proud to be part of the city’s economic restart,” said Steve Massaro, President of Massaro Corp. “‘The Landing Hotel’ will be a perfect addition to the Rivers Casino and a welcome addition to the Pittsburgh skyline.”

The seven-story four-star hotel represents a huge, privately funded venture for the casino building on the new property that will bring more business. When completed, 219 guest rooms are expected to be built on the east facade of the casino overlooking the Carnegie Science Center.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place in August 2019.

“We’re excited to get The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh back on track,” said Bud Green, deputy general manager of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. “It has taken a long time and we are eager to add this new hospitality location to our North Shore offering.”

Casino officials say the project restart is expected to bring 1,400 temporary construction jobs as well as 128 new permanent jobs when the hotel opens.

The casino expects The Landing Hotel to open sometime next year.

Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or pguggenheimer@triblive.com.