Casino eyes downtown Philly site

April 15, 2009 1:08:46 PM PDT
Foxwoods officials are now looking to build a slots parlor in a shuttered department store in downtown Philadelphia. The developers originally planned to build on the Delaware River waterfront in South Philadelphia. But last fall, amid community opposition, they agreed to look at other possible sites.

Foxwoods announced at City Hall on Wednesday that they plan to seek approval to build the 3,000-machine slots parlor at the former Strawbridge & Clothier store at Eighth and Market streets.

Opponents packed Wednesday's news conference to voice their continued opposition. Foxwoods will need approval from the city and the state gaming board.

In July 2004, the Legislature passed a gaming law that legalized as many as 61,000 slot machines across the state. Opposition has stalled plans for two casinos in Philadelphia.

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