Planners want public's views of casino proposals

Posted: March 16, 2013

Philadelphia's planning commission wants to hear what people think about the six proposals for a second Philadelphia casino.

So it's holding a series of neighborhood sessions over three consecutive nights in three locations.

Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor and head of the City Planning Commission, said it is meant to be a "listening tour" to gauge public opinion in advance of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's round of hearings in April and May.

The open houses for the commission are scheduled for:

South Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave., March 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Center City, Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St., March 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

Old City, Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., March 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Greenberger said he will make opening remarks and then listen. He hopes to gather information for his own 15-minute testimony before the gaming board.

He said he wants to be able to present to commissioners "things that we think are critical questions."

An example: "If any given property appears to do more to cannibalize SugarHouse Casino, then the gaming board needs to be thinking about that," he said.

The commission will also conduct an online survey about the six casino proposals from March 25 to April 5.


Contact Jennifer Lin at 215-854-5659 or jlin@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @j_linq.

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