SugarHouse to break ground Oct. 8

Three years in the making, the SugarHouse Casino plans to break ground on its slots parlor Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.

Leigh Whitaker, a casino spokesperson, said the ceremony will be attended by the lead investor in the project, Chicago developer Neil Bluhm; Mayor Michael Nutter; City Councilmen Frank DiCicco and Darrell Clarke; and the chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Gregory Fajt.

"It's not open to the public," she said.

Last week, the gaming board signed off on financing for the $355 million project, which will include 1,700 slot machines to start with on the 22-acre parcel, straddling Fishtown and Northern Liberties.

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