Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein wants to build a casino, entertainment and retail complex on the property he now owns along Callowhill Street between Broad and 17th and turn the iconic Inquirer/Daily News building into a hotel.
Stretching over three blocks, the development will be anchored by the only downtown casino in a "top five major city," Blatstein said, and will be a major economic engine in North Philly.
The project depends on Blatstein securing the state casino license that is available because of the failure of Foxwoods casino to develop its site along Columbus Boulevard near Tasker.
“This is going to happen,” Blatstein said, standing on the roof of the State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets, which he is turning into an apartment and retail complex. “I stake my reputation of 35 years on it. This is going to be the place to be. When we go into an area, others will follow and money will flow.”