Philly's SugarHouse Casino granted permit

March 27, 2009 11:47:25 AM PDT
One of Philadelphia's proposed slot-machine casinos has received its first construction permit from the city. Developers of the SugarHouse Casino were issued a foundation permit for the construction site on the Delaware River waterfront on Friday.

SugarHouse spokeswoman Leigh Whitaker says it will be a few weeks before developers are able to discuss a construction timeline, including laying the foundation.

Civic groups and city officials have challenged the locations of SugarHouse and the city's other proposed casino, Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia.

But this week the state Supreme Court appointed a special master to settle disputes concerning SugarHouse and ordered the city to grant the permit.

SugarHouse has fought with the city after it won a license from state regulators in 2006.

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