Supporters of the “Market 8″ casino project say it has aggressive but attainable goals of hiring African-Americans at all levels.
“We don’t want any special consideration, but we do want to be fairly covered,” Crawley said today.
Developer Bart Blatstein, one of the remaining applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license, says this week’s withdrawal of Wynn’s application removes what Blatstein calls a “distraction.”
The report shows that the “Provence” and “Market 8″ projects proposed for center city and the “Wynn Philadelphia,” proposed for Fishtown, are generally among the top three in several of the categories in the economic impact study.
“The three proposals in South Philadelphia are less likely to induce further development and less likely to generate a new audience than the other three proposals,” city commerce director Alan Greenberger told a state oversight panel.
The principals of PHL Local Gaming say they have a head start on their five competitors because CEO and chairman Joe Procacci would use one of his warehouses to house the casino.
Sugarhouse casino officials say construction should take about two years now that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved a revised plan to expand their waterfront casino.
“Only the green roof parking garage saves it from an F” in their report card on the applications, the group’s spokeswoman said.
Dr. Walter Lomax began with a small private practice in South Philadelphia and now controls a business empire that includes real estate, venture capital, and media.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has scheduled three days of events: an information-only presentation in February to be followed by two days of public hearings in April.
“We are in a different position than we were back in 2006,” says Pennsylvania state senator Larry Farnese.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says it has received six applications for Philadelphia’s second casino license — including one that wasn’t on the radar screen until now.
“If the city is going to have a casino, then we should maximize the benefit to the city from that casino,” says a spokesman for US Rep. Bob Brady.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is reminding prospective developers that the deadline to apply for Philadelphia’s second casino license is just three weeks away.
The fate of the city’s second license has been in limbo since Foxwoods’ license was revoked a year and a half ago. Mayor Nutter calls this “the right decision at the right time.”