Monday, August 3, 2015

Three hearings on casinos in May

Mark your calendar for three hearings in May on Philadelphia's existing casino, plus a planned second one.

Three hearings on casinos in May

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May is going to be a busy month for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Commissioners will hold three hearings on three consecutive days in Philadelphia.

First up: a review on May 7 at 2 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., on the revised expansion plans for the SugarHouse Casino.

It’s been four years since the SugarHouse folks got the OK from commissioners to expand their waterfront casino on North Delaware Avenue.

And it’s been two years since City Council and the planning commission also signed off on plans.

 But a nasty feud between the owners stalled the project. They settled their dispute and tweaked their construction plans. So now it’s back to the gaming board to ask for approval on this revised plan.

The biggest change:  Instead of a 10-story garage, it would only be seven. The casino, too, would add food and beverage outlets on the river side of the project.

Then, on May 8 and 9, at Lincoln Financial Field, commissioners will continue public input hearings for the city's second license. The slots to speak are already taken, with 77 people signing up to speak on Wednesday and 28 on Thursday. Both hearings start at 9 a.m.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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