Friday, September 4, 2015

Gaming Board now taking applications for 2nd city casino

The state Gaming Control Board, in a meeting in Harrisburg this morning, announced that it will begin accepting applications for a second casino license in Philadelphia. Applications are due by Nov. 15.

Gaming Board now taking applications for 2nd city casino

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF MAYOR NUTTER RESPONDING:

The state Gaming Control Board, in a meeting in Harrisburg this morning, announced that it will begin accepting applications for a second casino license in Philadelphia. Applications are due by Nov. 15.

The board in 2010 revoked the license from a group of local investors who originally planned to open the Foxwoods casino on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street in South Philadelphia.  That group stumbled through a long string of delays, including an aborted move to 8th and Market Streets in Center City.

The state Supreme Court in April refused to consider an appeal from the local investors.  The Gaming Control Board decided then to take no action because the state General Assembly was considering legislation to open up bidding statewide for the casino license.  That legislation later stalled.

Developer Bart Blatstein, who purchased the building that was home to the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com, announced in April that he would seek the license for the location on North Broad Street at Callowhill Street.  We reported that month that two other local developers, Ken Goldenberg of the Goldenberg Group and Rob Zuritzky of Parkway Corp., were also considering bids for the license.

The Inquirer in June reported that developer R. Donahue "Don" Peebles was also interested.

Nutter, in a letter to General Assembly in April said he was "aware of several developers" who wanted the license.  His spokesman declined to identify those developers.

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