PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SugarHouse Casino is celebrating its first anniversary of operation with several events being held throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, the gambling facility also plans to expand.

SugarHouse General Manager Wendy Hamilton (at left in photo) says if everything is approved, SugarHouse will double in size.

“Preliminary plans for this expansion include a seven-story parking garage, up to four new restaurants, a doubling of the gaming floor, a poker room. Eventually, second-floor ballroom space where we can hold events with a great view,” she told reporters.

SugarHouse still has its opponents, and one former critic who now says he was wrong: Councilman Frank DiCicco.

“The traffic issue, which I was extremely concerned about, probably more so to the south than here, but I did have a concern about the impact on the community, certainly did not come to fruition,” he said today. “For that I am very thankful, and I’m sure some members of the community are as well.”

Indeed, the Penn Treaty Social Services District has been a prime beneficiary, getting a $500,000 check today from SugarHouse.

Since its opening, the community has received more than a million dollars.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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