PHL Local Gaming, LLC, one of six bidders for the second Philadelphia casino license, announced on Tuesday that it will be funding an organizational effort to establish a Special Services District in the South Philadelphia community in which its proposed casino would be built.
The announcement took place at the Burke Playground, at 2nd and Jackson Streets, where PHIL officials were joined by community residents in planting a dozen four-foot-tall evergreens, as part of a symbolic launch of the effort. The proposed District, once established, would service an area that would extend North to Snyder Avenue, South to Pattison Avenue, East to 7th Street, and West to I-95. PHIL Local Gaming's proposed gaming facility, Casino Revolution, would be situated within the District.
As part of the process, PHL would convene like-minded businesses and residents to support the initiative, with an objective of launching the new District over the next several months, even prior to any licensing decision by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
John O'Riordan, vice president of community relations for PHL Gaming, said of the proposed District: "We, at PHIL Local Gaming, have decided that, even before any decision is made by the Gaming Board, we would help to initiate an effort to assist our neighbors in identifying thei most urgent community needs and would work together wiht them."