August 20, 2015 |
The plan for Philadelphia's second casino does not meet zoning requirements because it lacks enough open space. Its proposed digital signs also exceed limits, a city planning commission official said Tuesday. That means the $500 million project in South Philadelphia requires two significant changes to the underlying zoning code, Martin Gregorski, director of the planning commission's development division, told commissioners during a presentation on Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia.
August 20, 2015 |
A MONTH AFTER the president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity announced it had found no evidence of racial discrimination on the part of the company that plans to build a casino in South Philadelphia, the allegations were raised anew yesterday during a meeting of the City Planning Commission. Paula Peebles, chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Action Network, told the 10-member planning commission that it was premature to be considering the Cordish Companies' Live!
August 15, 2015 |
For nearly five years, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood has been operating in what general manager Wendy Hamilton called an "interim facility. " "They've been working with a short deck," Greg Carlin, chief executive of SugarHouse majority owner Rush Street Gaming L.L.C., said at an event Thursday to mark the topping-off of a $164 million addition. "With this expansion, Wendy and the team will finally have a property that's worthy of their talents," Carlin said.
July 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - When last we saw these three, they were finishing off the late great departed HQ Nightclub and Beach Club at Revel Casino Hotel with one more party to remember. Wearing HQ Strong T-shirts, the crew from the highly successful nightclub inside the disastrously failed casino-hotel danced through the casino floor and into, well, suspended animation. Part of a core group kept on the HQ payroll for months, the marketing host team of Justin Jordan, 35, Zach Seidman, 33, and Ryan Featherman, 26, has reemerged post-Revel as independent marketers under the PopFeeder brand, focusing for now on a Daylife Saturday pool party at the Chelsea hotel, A Summer of Sundays DJ series at Golden Nugget's Haven, and looking for the next HQ to, as they say, float their champagne kayak girl.
July 17, 2015 |
A LOCAL GROUP of prominent black leaders found "no credible evidence" to support allegations of racism against a Baltimore-based developer that plans to build a casino in South Philly. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity reached its conclusion after a two-month investigation into claims that Cordish Companies engaged in discriminatory enforcement of dress codes and that managers paid white men to pick fights with black patrons as a ruse to boot minorities from Cordish-run entertainment venues in Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, Ky. Not only did the black clergy's probe find no evidence of racist practices by Cordish, the clergy concluded that the company "has gone over and beyond the goals set for minority inclusion," according to a 17-page report released yesterday.
July 11, 2015 |
A call-center company that promises to create more than 300 jobs in the Atlantic City area is among the recipients of tax credits handed out by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Thursday. Atlantic City Contact Center received close to $33 million in tax credits, spread over 10 years. The subsidiary of Hollygold Associates - which has a center in the Philippines that takes calls for infomercial and catalog businesses - had also been considering a location outside Las Vegas.
July 8, 2015 |
Cordish Cos., a Baltimore developer slated to build a casino in South Philadelphia's Stadium District, has been dogged by allegations of racial discrimination against African American guests at nightclubs it runs in Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky. Complaints have centered on discriminatory enforcement of dress codes, but also included allegations that managers of Cordish properties paid white men to pick fights with African Americans to...
July 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The perennial question here for this Fourth of July weekend was whether there were enough nongaming attractions to entertain visitors after the closure of four Boardwalk casinos last year rocked this resort. The answer Saturday seemed to be a resounding "yes" among those who strolled the Boardwalk, entered the new Playground shopping/entertainment complex owned by Bart Blatstein, filled most restaurants in town, sprawled along the beach, and shopped to their hearts' content along the nine-block outlet mall called Tanger Outlets The Walk.
July 3, 2015 |
It seemed to Philadelphia Art Commission members a curious notion: SugarHouse Casino was asking for approval to finance a documentary and annual film festival to meet its mandate to invest in public art. Members were receptive Wednesday, but had questions: How does a $100,000 film about the history of Philadelphia as a onetime motion picture mecca constitute public art? How, unlike the LOVE statue, would it be visible to the public? Would such a project endure for years? "What assurances has the city . . . that this is going to be lasting?"
June 14, 2015 |
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia. Muhammad was to star at a City Hall news conference Thursday to release a report on alleged racist practices by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. He decided not to attend, he said Friday, after receiving a call from Mayor Nutter, who said they needed to talk, and a second call from national NAACP officials. Without Muhammad's presence, the news conference, organized by Jason Ortiz, a managing director with consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies of New York, unraveled.