Board OKs temp. Sugarhouse casino

May 6, 2009 3:41:50 PM PDT
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control board has unanimously approved revised plans for a casino on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. Last month, developers of Sugarhouse casino announced plans to open a 1,700-machine interim casino in the Fishtown/Northern Liberties neighborhood next spring.

Under previous plans, they had hoped to open a casino this year. But the project has been beset by delays.

The board also gave Sugarhouse a two-year extension of the time by which it must have slot machines operating. Developers are still getting permits and securing their financing.

Several hundred people packed Wednesday's meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Many were union workers who support the project, which will provide hundreds of jobs.

Other community members opposed the project, saying the casino would hurt their neighborhood.

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