The City Planning Commission approved the master plan for the casino on Tuesday, but the project still will require for the site to be rezoned.
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The Commission’s approval was a necessary step toward getting the city’s second casino built. City Council will also have to approve the project with a bill rezoning the site, at 10th and Packer, to a special gaming district. The state has the power to grant gaming licenses in Philadelphia, and zoning legislation is the city’s only leverage in siting a second casino.That zoning classification, SP-ENT, carries its own requirements for open space and limits on signage. The developers, Cordish Companies, have put forth a master plan that doesn’t conform to some of those requirements, so Council will have to decide whether to enact additional changes to the underlying zoning as well.