By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The state deadline for applications for a second casino in Philadelphia is Thursday.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society To Preview Plans For 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
The casino license originally given to Foxwoods, then rescinded when those investors had financial difficulties, is up for grabs.
Six developers have already submitted local impact statements to the city, a prerequisite to the formal application to the state Gaming Control Board.READ MORE: Firefighters Save Bride's Wedding Dress After Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell
Mayor Nutter says while the state has final say, the city will be watching the process closely:
“The big issues for us are: impact on the community, traffic, parking, if there are density or congestion issues. Economic impact is certainly a great component of that: which site might generate the most revenue for the city and the Commonwealth. So there are a lot of factors.”
Among the developers who may submit applications are Bart Blatstein, with the old Inquirer headquarters on North Broad Street; Steve Wynn, at a site in Fishtown; the Goldenberg Group, at 8th and Market Streets, a site once proposed for the abortive DisneyQuest project; and the Parkway Corporation, on properties near the Convention Center.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update
There are also two developers who may propose sites in the stadium district.