This story has been updated.
SAYING THAT IT'S TIME to focus more on his casino project, developer Bart Blatstein has sold a controlling interest in his Piazza at Schmidts, in Northern Liberties, to a New York investor group that includes Jared Kushner, also known as Donald Trump's son-in-law.
Blatstein's Tower Investments Inc. is one of six groups seeking to win Philadelphia's second casino license. He wants to turn the former Daily News and Inquirer building, at Broad and Callowhill streets, into a $700 million casino-hotel-entertainment resort called The Provence.
Word of his selling 60 percent of his holdings at the Piazza - property worth a reported $130 million - comes days before the competitors for the casino license are to make their first public pitches before the state Gaming Control Board, on Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.