Would getting this water park be worth a casino on Pattison Avenue?

The idea of a casino at Front and Pattison seems, well, a bit out there. But what if it came with a water park, zip lines, dry ski area, paintball course, two hotels, a movie theater, concert venue and more stuff?

Renderings via Plan Philly
Renderings via Plan Philly

Plan Philly reports that PHL Local Gaming, one of six bidders for the final casino license, is proposing all that for the industrial land along Pattison between Front and 7th streets to go along with its Casino Revolution.

One huge caveat: The first thing to be built would be the slots/table games barn at Front and Pattison, and the rest would be built in phases, with most of the more interesting amenities supposedly coming in the “medium term” or “long term.”(pdf)

The original rendering of the casino itself
The original rendering of the casino itself

Says Plan Philly:

The entertainment project is predicated on receiving the license because it would benefit from the casino and hotel, which Canfora said would “serve as a transformative catalyst for the overall Lower South District of the City of Philadelphia, enhancing economic impact and creating jobs and business opportunities.”

We’re all for transformation, but is this the right spot for a casino, or any of this other stuff, for that matter? What do you think?

Here’s a rundown by Philly.com of all six proposals, to help you decide.


5 thoughts on “Would getting this water park be worth a casino on Pattison Avenue?

  • September 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Gonna point out the obvious – no, not worth it.

  • September 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

    this is a pretty bad idea. its completely cut off from civilization and would like do little to spur developmen tof the unused parcels nearby.

    furthermore, the medium- to long-term time frame of the “extra” ammenities is shady.

  • September 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    you’ll never see the extra amenities. The people that want to get a casino there just put those on the agenda to get neighborhood approval. When it comes time to build, they will complain about construction costs and not put anything else there.

    • September 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

      ^^ This.

      Remember all the promises SugarHouse reneged on?
      Please, Albert, do some actual analysis before you do repost these a-holes’ press releases for them.

      • September 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        Ambiguator, I never said I supported it, and I noted that those additions would be in later phases. I was merely telling people what they said they were planning so I could pose the question. Thanks for the constructive criticism, though.

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