By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The Gaming Control Board today begins several days of hearings on Philadelphia casinos, starting with a hearing today on SugarHouse’s expansion plans.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society To Preview Plans For 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach says the panel will hear public comment on SugarHouse’s expansion plans this afternoon at the National Constitution Center.READ MORE: Firefighters Save Bride's Wedding Dress After Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell
“SugarHouse wants to add a significant parking garage and they want to basically double the gaming floor size. So that’s a big project, and it’s hundreds of millions of dollars they’re looking at spending. So we need to come in and find out what’s the impact within the city of Philadelphia.”
Harbach says SugarHouse plans to build a multi-story parking garage that would have some of the expanded gaming floor beneath it. He says the gaming board could vote on the proposal as soon as next week.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update
On Wednesday and Thursday, the board will hold more hearings on applications for Philadelphia’s second casino at Lincoln Financial Field (see related story). A decision on that could come toward the end of the year.