Saturday, September 5, 2015

Wynn's Charm Offense

Steve Wynn has reached out -- via mail -- to 53,000 neighbors of his proposed casino.

Wynn's Charm Offense

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           Steve Wynn is launching a charm offensive with neighbors of his proposed casino-resort on the Delaware River, just north of Penn Treaty Park.

            Last week, he mailed 53,000 form letters to households in Fishtown, Port Richmond, Kensington and Bridesburg. Wynn told residents he wanted to share his vision for a waterfront casino. It would include "River Walk Park," a bandstand, bike rentals and food and beverage cafes. No details, just description.

            Waterfront development, as we know, is a hot topic in the river wards. The Central Delaware Advocacy Group is having a meeting with Wynn’s folks on April 4 at 6 p.m. at the Liberti Church, 2424 E. York St. in Kensington. The group has its own vision for the waterfront and the questioning is sure to be lively.

           Wynn’s project is the only casino proposal on the waterfront.

            Wynn wanted to make clear two points with neighbors: He doesn’t build big-box gaming barns. And in an oblique reference to his aborted attempt to revive the Foxwoods Casino project in South Philly, he offered only this: “In the past, I’ve been presented with lesser opportunities to do something in Philadelphia. None offered the location, scope and level of luxury that Philadelphia deserves.”

            Here’s the letter.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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