Traffic study needed for The Provence

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Groups behind the North Broad Community Coalition are reaching out to their members to help fund a traffic study to gauge the potential impact of the Provence Casino, which would be located at 400 N. Broad Street. (photo courtesy of the Provence)

It’s not exactly crowd-sourcing a la Kickstarter, but the groups behind the North Broad Community Coalition are reaching out to their members to help fund a traffic study to gauge the potential impact of a casino at 400 N. Broad Street.

One of the groups is the Rodeph Shalom synagogue, located a block north of The Provence, developer Bart Blatstein’s proposed casino-entertainment complex at the former offices of The Inquirer and Daily News.

 Blatstein had offered to pay for a traffic study, but the coalition turned down his offer, said Kevin Greenberg, an attorney who represents the group. He said a traffic report will require about $50,000 to $60,000.

Of the six proposals for a second casino in Philadelphia, the North Broad Street location of Blatstein creates “more traffic issues than most of the others,” Greenberg said. The coalition now has a Facebook page for its members, including neighborhood groups, schools and churches.

The state’s Gaming Control Board, meanwhile, has taken a first look at the traffic impact study of each proposed project and has come up with suggestions and shortcomings that will have to be addressed. The letters sent to all the investor groups are available online at the board’s website.   

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