November 27, 2013 |
DAN KEATING, a general in the army that casino developer Steve Wynn assembled to win a Philadelphia license, spent the late summer in an elaborate war room, waging a battle for public opinion. From the penthouse of the Phoenix building near City Hall, Keating invited reporters, neighborhood groups and elected officials to examine detailed exhibits ranking the six bids for the city's second casino license. Wynn Resorts, which proposed a sprawling development on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown, naturally won top marks from Keating, the man who was going to build it all. Market8, the 1.9-acre bid by developer Ken Goldenberg and a group of investors at 8th and Market streets, ranked last in every category, according to Keating, who built the SugarHouse casino in Fishtown and has been involved in casino projects around the state and country.
November 14, 2013 |
Developer Dan Keating was attending a board meeting Monday afternoon for the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center when he got an urgent message: Steve Wynn was dropping out of the competition for a Philadelphia casino license. No one was more shocked than Keating. His company, Keating Consulting, had been hired to develop a waterfront casino in the city's Fishtown section for Wynn Resorts. The decision, Keating said, "is a painful one for us. " This is the second time the runaway bride of Las Vegas has bolted from Philadelphia, and onlookers are just as baffled as the first time it happened.
November 13, 2013 |
STEVE WYNN, the casino developer who came to Philly in 2010 talking up a flashy riverfront project but then abruptly dropped those plans, has done it again. Wynn, citing the approval of casino gambling in New York, said yesterday that he is withdrawing his application to build a casino and entertainment complex on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown. Wynn was one of six bidders in November 2012 for the city's second casino license. His first foray into Philly's casino market in 2010 lasted just six weeks.
October 28, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA In the early days of Philadelphia, the riverfront near Penn Treaty Park was known for its sandy white beaches. In the early 18th century, it became a hub for shipbuilding. Much later, in 1920, the Philadelphia Electric Co. built a coal-fired power station on that stretch of the Delaware River. Today, Beach Street in Fishtown looks like a sad monument to the city's lost industrial past. The old power station is gutted and defaced with graffiti, surrounded by acres of empty land used for storing construction equipment.
July 9, 2013
In the Region Aiming at prescription-drug abuse U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D., N.J.) said Monday that he would introduce legislation to help thwart prescription-drug abuse among Medicare's Part D participants. Several recent government reports say there is increasing frequency of overdose deaths attributed to prescription opioid painkillers, which are addictive and often are used by older patients. Unlike cocaine and heroin, opioid painkillers are manufactured legally by pharmaceutical companies, such as Chadds Ford-based Endo Health Solutions and Purdue Pharma , albeit as controlled substances subject to heightened scrutiny.
June 14, 2013 |
STATE SEN. Mike Stack sounds close to announcing a run for governor in the 2014 Democratic primary election. The four-term senator from Northeast Philly and his family could also be close to a multimillion-dollar jackpot if developer Steve Wynn wins a license to build a casino on the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown. Stack, his four siblings and their mother, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Felice Rowley Stack , own about one-fifth of the 60 acres in an real estate option agreement signed by Wynn.
April 11, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will have a full house Thursday and Friday when it hosts two days of public hearings on Philadelphia's second casino at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Doug Harbach, a gaming board spokesman, said all the slots for speakers have been reserved. Anyone who has not signed up will likely have to wait until a third hearing, scheduled for May 8 in South Philadelphia. This week's sessions will be held in Room 204 of the Convention Center, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m. on Thursday and 3 p.m. on Friday.
April 8, 2013 |
Where North Beach Street twists and turns into Richmond Avenue in Fishtown, the old William Cramp & Sons shipyard has been the envy of developers and dreamers alike. It's 60 open acres of Delaware River waterfront, a vast blank canvas. And the man with all the paintbrushes is Las Vegas resort-and-casino developer Steve Wynn. Two weeks ago, Wynn finally released his plan for developing the site. Local reaction has run hot and cold. Everyone agrees that the Wynn project could be a game-changer for the waterfront, finally giving purpose to land that has been idle since after World War II. But the biggest concern is whether his ideas will conform with the civic vision for the waterfront that began taking shape five years ago. When Wynn emerged as a contender for the city's second casino , he offered only a sketch of a proposed 19-story hotel, rising above the pedestal of a casino.
March 27, 2013
By A.J. Thomson Call it a Wynn-win for Philadelphia. The 300-room casino-hotel for Philadelphia proposed by Steve Wynn would sit about five blocks from my home in Fishtown, and extend up into lower Port Richmond. It should be the only site up for discussion. Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd., which has similar operations in Las Vegas and Macau, is intent on building a destination resort on this 60-acre site, which extends along North Beach Street from Palmer to Cumberland Streets.
March 1, 2013 |
"SHOW US your boobs" has become "Show us your books. " The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" has filed for bankruptcy. The video empire - an empire which recalls Rome under Caligula - filed for Chapter 11 protection in a move it says is an effort to restructure its legal affairs after several disputed court judgments. So all you drunk sluts we owe money to - you're now getting pennies on the dollar. GGW Brands LLC and several subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy Wednesday in Los Angeles, listing more than $16 million in disputed claims.