Progress in casino fight

August 21, 2008 4:03:59 PM PDT
The fight between two proposed casinos and the Philadelphia neighborhoods where they're supposed to be built has been raging from the very beginning. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell brought everybody together in search of a peace agreement Thursday.

In the end, progress was made at one location: The proposed site of Foxwoods Casino at Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia. There, neighbors have fought the development to a stalemate.

At news conference today, Action News learned that the developers are looking at alternate sites. They did not say exactly where those sites are, except to say they are in Philadelphia.

"I think the big story here today is that there is, for the first time, an expression by Foxwoods to reconsider their current site," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Governor Ed Rendell was also enthusiastic about the development.

"This is good news for Philadelphia," Rendell said. "But this should not be considered definitive. There is nothing that is sure or certain here."

There was no word today on any progress in a similar situation involving SugarHouse. Those developers will meet with local officials at a later date.

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