Philly casino applicants get 15 more minutes to appeal
The five applicants for Philadelphia's remaining casino license have one last chance to speak to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday, as do the two groups intervening in the decision.
State gaming law gives applicants the right to make “final remarks in the form of an oral argument.”
PGCB Spokesman Doug Harbach said that as of Monday afternoon, four of the casino applicants and both of the groups who intervened in the matter are planning to speak. These are: Market East Associates, proposing MARKET8 at 8th and Market streets; Tower Entertainment, proposing The Provence at Broad and Callowhill streets; PA Gaming Ventures, proposing Hollywood Casino at 700 Packer Ave. and PHL Local Gaming, proposing Casino Revolution at 3333 S. Front Street.
“Stadium Casino, (Parx/Cordish) is the only party expected to waive their right to the oral argument, but they could decide differently between now and the meeting.” Stadium Casino's Live! Casino & Hotel project is proposed for 900 Packer Ave.
Both intervening parties are set to speak. The Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School and the Friends Select School has argued that Tower Entertainment's Provence proposal would lead to traffic problems that would harm their institutions. SugarHouse Casino says granting a second license to any applicant now would put SugarHouse, the existing casinos in the region and the new casino in financial jeopardy.
Each entity will have 15 minutes to make their arguments, Harbach said. They are limited to addressing only evidence already on the record, and may not introduce any new evidence, he said.
The oral arguments will be made during the PBCB's 10 am meeting, held at the PGCB Office of Hearings and Appeals, on the second floor of the Strawberry Square Complex, 303 Walnut St., Harrisburg. Interested in watching, but not in the drive? The meeting will be webcast on the PGCB website, here.
The PGCB is expected to decide who gets the second Philadelphia license in the first quarter of this year, but it won't be at this week's meeting, Harbach said.
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