Senator: Lack of Diversity in Philly Casino License

Here’s a statement from Sen. Vincent Hughes that’s come across the transom in the wake of the announcement that the PA Gaming Control Board has awarded the second casino license to Stadium Casino LLC, aka Live! Hotel and Casino:

“I am extremely disappointed to learn that qualified minority-owned companies will not be given the opportunity to participate in Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. The Gaming Control Board had an opportunity to ensure that the second casino license in Philadelphia was awarded to an investor group that reflected the demographics of our city. That did not happen. This is another missed opportunity to promote minority-owned businesses in a statewide industry that has been very successful thus far with the exception of diversity.

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State Sets Date to Decide Philly’s Second Casino

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has set November 18th for a vote on whether Philadelphia will get a second casino — and if so, which proposed project will carry the day. The vote comes nearly a year after the board took testimony on the proposals in January.

The announcement came more than a week after Mayor Nutter urged the board to finally make a decision.
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Delaware Casino Bailout Stinks

 

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Something stinks in Delaware and it’s not just the horseshoe crabs decaying on the beaches of the Delaware Bay.

It is the bailout of the state’s three casinos, which may be the worst deal in the history of bad state government deals.  And that is really saying something considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave Revel casino in Atlantic City $300 million last year, and this year Revel is declaring bankruptcy.

The Delaware deal stinks even more than that one.  Let’s go through the reasons why.

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What Ben Affleck’s Blackjack Ban Should Mean for a Second Philly Casino

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Presented for your contemplation: Two seemingly unrelated pieces of gambling news — one local, the other no so much.

• Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board still hasn’t held a vote on a second casino license for Philadelphia. A vote had been expected within 60 days of the close of applications on the matter. Which means that a second casino isn’t a done deal.

• Multiple news reports over the weekend revealed that actor/director/aging pretty-boy/future Batman Ben Affleck has been banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas because security caught him “card counting” to gain an advantage against the house. “You are too good at the game,” one of the security guys reportedly told Affleck as his time at the table ended.

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Morning Headlines: Bart Blatstein to Buy 16-Acre Foxwoods Site in South Philly

Site of the former Foxwoods Casino plan via Google Street View.

Site of the former Foxwoods Casino plan via Google Street View.

Things seem to have come full-circle for the old Foxwoods property in South Philadelphia. Bart Blatstein, one of the current five contenders for the city’s second gaming license, is said to be purchasing the failed casino site for $13 million. Blatstein had once planned a shopping center for the 16-acre plot back in 1993 when he owned it.

According to the Inquirer’s Jennifer Lin, people like deputy mayor for economic development Alan Greenberger are excited for what this might mean for the area:

As part of the deal, Blatstein will convey to the Natural Lands Trust, a local land conservation organization, a 100-foot-wide strip of land along the river’s edge from Tasker Street to Reed. That will allow the city to continue a waterfront trail across the former Foxwoods site on South Columbus Boulevard, between Tasker and Reed Streets.

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Market8 Gets Thumbs Up From Wash West Civic Association

Rendering of Market8.

Rendering of Market8.

One of the remaining bidders for Philadelphia’s casino license just got some local support in addition to its last endorsements: a blessing from the Washington Square West Civic Association. A recent tally among the organization’s board of directors resulted in a unanimous vote in favor of the project.

The association’s zoning chair Jonathan Broh cited the project’s goals as encouraging growth and revitalization on the East Market Street and Chesnut Street:

“MARKET8’s numerous restaurants, concert venue, and casino will bring much-needed activity to Market Street,” Broh said. “This project, along with plans to extend the casino’s Rewards Program into the business community, will complement other planned developments in the area and catalyze positive growth.”

Part of what swayed the civic association to Market8’s side is the project’s promise of a yearly $1 million investment into the community. According to the press release, these funds would go to general neighborhood upkeep and enrichment:

maintain and upgrade services, make physical enhancements and promote the economic vitality of small businesses on and around East Market Street.

SugarHouse Penalized for Polluting Delaware River

Is this what SugarHouse meant when they pledged to expand their presence on the Delaware River? By dumping construction materials in the Delaware River?

Prosecutors said workers at the site of the Delaware Avenue casino were spotted dumping materials into the river on more than a dozen occasions in 2009 and 2010 without the proper permits to do so. The dumping continued after the casino operators received three cease-and-desist letters from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

So they’re paying $650,000 for the damage–nearly all of it to the Brandywine Conservancy, which protects natural resources. See? They are good corporate citizens! [Inquirer]

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