BREAKING: The Inquirer reports that that Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded the second casino license to the Live! Hotel and Casino proposal this afternoon at a public meeting held at the Convention Center. The site is located at 900 Packer Ave. near the Sports Complex and will be developed by Cordish Cos. (Xfinity Live!) and Greenwood Gaming (Parx Casino).
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced on Friday that they would be holding a public meeting on Nov. 18 to award Philly’s long-awaited second casino license.
The rumor mill is churning and sources tell The Inquirer that the front runner of the four proposals is the Live! Hotel & Casino concept at the Holiday Inn site at 900 Packer Ave. The proposal is a joint venture between Cordish Co., owners and operator of nearby Xfinity Live!, and Greenwood Gaming, owner of Parx Casino in Bensalem. Weigh in: Do you want a casino in at 10th and Packer Ave. in South Philadelphia?
The $425M Live! proposal calls for 2,000 slot machines and 125 tables games. From The Inquirer:
Two sources, one with an extensive political background and the other highly knowledgeable about the casino industry and its workings, indicated that Live! would win the second license. Neither would speak on the record.
The public meeting is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. and will be held in room 201 at the Convention Center at 1101 Arch St. The PA Gaming Control Board will also stream the meeting online via their website.
The nearby Stadium District community will hold a meeting at Stella Maris Church on Wed. Nov 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed casino. A flier is currently being circulated to note the sudden location change, as the original meeting was scheduled the event space at the Holiday Inn.
Here’s the flier, which states “Holiday Inn cancelled the contracted meeting location! Coincidence??? No Way!!!”:
Anti-Casino rally Nov 12! URGENT!!! NOV 12th 6:30 pic.twitter.com/YU3bMcFhua
— Barbara Capozzi (@Barbara_Capozzi) November 7, 2014
There are four proposals vying for the second casino license:
- Tower Entertainment, LLC (The Provence) at 400 North Broad Street
- Market East Associates, LP (Market 8 Casino) at 8th and Market Street
- PHL Local Gaming, LLC (Casino Revolution) at 3333 South Front Street
- Stadium Casino, LLC (Live! Hotel and Casino) at 900 Packer Avenue
For what it’s worth, here’s what PHL Local Gaming said regarding community opposition and their proposal for Front and Pattison:
“If that community opposition to the Live! Philadelphia is valid, then that would mean that three of the four applicants have significant local opposition,” said A. Bruce Crawley. “PHL Local Gaming, by contrast, has no significant local community opposition and [has] the endorsement of the leading civic organization in the area,” he said.
It’s also worth noting that this license was originally awarded to Foxwoods to build a casino in another part of South Philadelphia, at Columbus Blvd. and Reed St. in Pennsport. It was revoked in 2010 and Bart Blatstein, part of the team behind The Provence casino proposal, now owns the property. Rest assured, this will all get very interesting, starting with the meeting on Nov. 12. In the meantime, take the poll to weigh in on the subject.