SugarHouse clears a hurdle for expansion

SugarHouse Casino has received the final U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit needed to build its long-planned $155 million expansion, a company spokesman said.

The receipt of that permit cleared the way for SugarHouse to go before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday with its request to build a temporary poker room.

Preliminary site work has been underway at the Fishtown property. The original plan was for the permanent expansion to open next year.

SugarHouse's general manager Wendy Hamilton said last week at a Pennsylvania Senate hearing that the expansion would be geared "to offer a richer entertainment experience." - Harold Brubaker