Pa. casino developer seeks to delay

January 20, 2009 4:04:53 AM PST
Developers are rushing to open an eastern Pennsylvania slot-machine casino by Memorial Day, but want to delay work on a hotel and shopping mall complex. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem agreed to include a hotel and shopping mall as part of the deal to get one of 14 gaming licenses issued in Pennsylvania.

Sands officials say the casino is still on track for a Memorial Day weekend opening. But they say the global financial crisis caused them to halt work on the 300-room hotel and the shopping mall in October.

In an eight-page filing with the state Gaming Control Board they are now asking permission to suspend those projects until economic conditions change. The board is expected to schedule a hearing on the request in February.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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