January 21, 2015 |
Developer Bart Blatstein said Monday that he is withdrawing his appeal of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's decision in November to license a rival casino application in South Philadelphia, saying an appeal could take too long and there has been "significant" interest in his North Broad Street property. The gaming board rejected Blatstein's proposed Provence casino complex at Broad and Callowhill Streets, the former location of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, and two other casino proposals, Market8 and Casino Revolution.
December 19, 2014 |
CLOUT CLOSES OUT 2014 with a final column of questions we hope to have answered in 2015. At the top of our list right now: Will the legal challenges filed yesterday by the three losing bidders for the city's second casino license lead to a real explanation of how the state Gaming Control Board broke a long logjam to vote for a winner last month? The board on Nov. 18 gave the license to Live! Hotel & Casino, a partnership between Greenwood Racing Inc., which runs Parx Casino in Bensalem, and the Cordish Co., which owns a casino in Maryland and Xfinity Live!
November 20, 2014 |
From his barbershop at Seventh and Bigler Streets, Darin Capo has seen all the concrete giants rise - the Wells Fargo Center in 1996, Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, Citizens Bank Park in 2004 - and worried how each would affect the neighborhood. When a customer stopped by Tuesday to say a new neighbor, a $425 million casino, had just gotten the go-ahead to move in, Capo was struck with déjà vu. But also with hope - that it would be good for business despite the mixed response from the men who sit in his barber's chair.
June 16, 2014 |
James Bryan was a gambling omnivore. Blackjack or slots at Harrah's Philadelphia, sports betting, scratch-off lottery tickets - he played them all. To pay for his gambling binges, Bryan, 45, traded copper for cash. He did not peddle the innards of old buildings, but new, shiny coils of wire. A few times a week, he would drive to Accurate Metals on East Baltimore Pike in Lansdowne in his black Chevy pickup, owned by his employer, Wescott Electric. He would unload spindles from the truck bed, some still in shrink wrap.
February 1, 2014 |
CHESTER Attorneys for a harness racing driver claim a poorly maintained track at Harrah's Philadelphia casino caused a crash that left him severely brain damaged last fall. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Philadelphia by lawyers for Anthony Coletta follows the state's suspension last week of Harrah's forthcoming racing schedule because the casino failed to comply with requests to address track surface issues. Harrah's casino license is contingent on the Chester site's offering horse racing.
August 2, 2013 |
With critical decisions affecting the future of gambling in Philadelphia on the horizon, Gov. Corbett has appointed to the Gaming Control Board a new commissioner who is a well-known legislative aide and former Exelon Corp. executive. David W. Woods of Delaware County will replace James Ginty, who was appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell and is completing his second three-year term. Woods is chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, whose district includes parts of Delaware and Chester Counties.
April 20, 2013 |
Philadelphia's recent casino hearings brought back memories of those giddy days in 2006 when gambling was new to Pennsylvania and no amenity was too extravagant for our city's gaming halls. Once again, the applicants vied to seduce us with all kinds of extras. A 320-room resort hotel! Spas! Bike paths! Fishing piers! Skating rink! Luxury shops! A starchitect design! For most people, the promises made during the first licensing round have been lost in the mists of time. But because I am a magpie of the filing cabinet, I only had to dust off SugarHouse's 2006 proposal to see how it checked out against the 2013 reality.
April 11, 2013
LET THE hooting and hollering begin. Thursday and Friday, the Gaming Control Board will hear testimony from nearly 75 people in two days of public hearings on the second casino license to be awarded in Philadelphia. Six developers are vying for the chance to open the casino, and although tempers and emotions may not be running as high as the first time around, when Philadelphians were grappling with what impact two casinos might wield on the city and its neighborhoods, this week's hearings are hardly expected to be hushed, either.
May 18, 2012 |
Once in awhile something gets dropped into the state legislative hopper more interesting than the usual bridge-naming and nonsense. Take Rep. Paul Clymer's bill to address the public pension crisis by charging casino-goers a $2 cover charge. Yeah, I know, nobody going gambling wants to start with a sure loss. But the pension thing is real ugly and getting uglier every year. So the Bucks County Republican, long a gambling opponent, wants each patron entering any of the state's 11 casinos to take one (well, actually give two)
May 13, 2012 |
In an effort to expand its reach as regional casino competition intensifies, Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack becomes Harrah's Philadelphia Saturday. The name change, part of a rebranding that includes nongambling offerings, has everything to do with the casino's reaching a broader audience, and nothing to do with distancing it from its host city, said Harrah's general manager Ron Baumann. "It's all about how you define the market. Philly is the market we are after," he said during a tour of the casino this week.