Donald Trump Once Tried to Open a Casino in Philly with Boyz II Men and Pat Croce

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The eventual layout of TrumpStreet, which was presented to the Gaming Control Board in a presentation.

Pennsylvania lawmakers had voted to approve casinos. But celebrities were going to bring them to Philadelphia.

They tried to, at least. In the fall of 2005, multiple celebs testified before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis sent in video messages supporting casino bids. Robert Johnson, billionaire founder of BET, said Michael Jordan would be a partner in the proposed Pinnacle casino.

But the biggest celebrity who showed up in person was current Republican presidential contender Donald Trump. He had an entourage with him, too: Trump was joined by Quincy Jones, former 76ers president Pat Croce and Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris. They were all there to pitch the TrumpStreet Casino.

Trump was an outlier in his bid for a Philly casino. Every other proposed location — including the one that was actually built, SugarHouse — was on the waterfront. This is odd, of course, as gambling halls have traditionally been places that box their customers in. (Indeed, SugarHouse doesn’t have much of a waterfront presence currently.) But Trump wanted to build a casino at the former Budd Company plant in Nicetown. Read more »

Spotted on the Main Line: Pat Croce’s Former Villanova Mansion has Sold

Pat Croce's former estate | Photos by Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock

Pat Croce’s former estate | Photos by Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock

The sprawling Villanova mansion once owned by former 76ers executive Pat Croce has sold for $3,081,164, according to Redfin.

It’s been a wild two years for the 3.5-acre estate on Mount Moro Road. Croce originally listed the grand (and exuberantly decorated) manse for $7.95 million in December 2013. After a series of hefty price cuts, it sold after an absolute auction in October of the following year for the bargain basement price of just over $2 million.

In order to make the estate more accessible to a wide range of luxury buyers, the new owner revamped the 11,000-square-foot home in early 2015, later listing in April for $4.3 million. Perhaps in an effort to bottle the energy and creativity of its former owner Croce, the Juliann Lange Team and the Michael Sivel Team, both with BHHS Fox & Roach, cooked up a Night Market-esque open house in June to market the new-look property at a hair under $4 million.

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Pat Croce’s Former Villanova Estate Takes Another Price Cut

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Photos by Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock

The curious case of Pat Croce’s former Villanova mansion continues, as it’s now undergone a sizable price chop to $3.5 million.

Croce first listed the 3.5-acre property at 835 Mount Moro Road in 2013 for nearly $8 million. It had seen multiple price cuts, until it was finally sold for $2.2 million at an auction in October 2014. Yes, you read that final sale price correctly.

The new owners renovated Croce’s pirate-themed pad, and popped it back on the market in April for $4,349,000. After a Night Market-esque open house in June couldn’t help it move, and another price cut to a hair under $4 million, the 3.5-acre estate on the north side of Villanova is now available for roughly $500,000 cheaper.

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Selfies with Philly’s Most Prominent Business People

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Like it or not, selfies are a huge part of pop culture — and nobody’s too cool to take one, even Philly’s most prominent business people. For the July issue of Philadelphia magazine, we asked some of the most well-known Philadelphians to submit a selfie, and plenty of business folks obliged.

There’s master developer Carl Dranoff posing with a model of one of his buildings; Philadelphia Zoo president and CEO Vik Dewan with an eight-year-old male giraffe; La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael with Pat Croce at his Fishtown flagship coffee house; and Kelly Boyd of KB Consultants with her cute dog.

Check out selfies from the business and tech world below, and make sure to see all 75 selfies here. Read more »

Night Market-Style Open House With Food Trucks Set for Pat Croce’s Former Estate

Pat Croce's former estate | Photos by Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock

Pat Croce’s former estate | Photos by Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock

Want to prep for Thursday’s Night Market food truck scene and scope out a Main Line estate with a fascinating backstory? There’s an open house for that.

Here’s the deal, the Juliann Lange Team and the Michael Sivel Team are co-hosting a “festival style” open house at the former estate of one Pat Croce, according to an e-mail sent out this affternoon. Yes, Pat Croce, everyone’s favorite pirate enthusiast, explorer, and former president of the future Camden Philadelphia 76ers.

The open house will feature three of Philly’s top food trucks, including SpOt Burgers, Little Babies Ice Cream and Sweetbox Cupcakes. SpOt Burgers won’t be at Night Market, so that’s like an added bonus to going to the open house.

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Main Line Monday: Pat Croce’s Former Villanova Estate Now Without Jolly Roger Chairs

All images via the Sivel Group.

All images via the Sivel Group.

If you were expecting some of its more elaborately marked furnishings, we’re sorry to say that those are pretty much all gone. (Should have made time to go to that auction, huh?) But even if his pirate memorabilia has been anchored in somebody else’s living room, that doesn’t mean Pat Croce’s former estate is without any other distinctive–and more appealing?–features.

Case in point, the grounds, which contain a a number of stone and slate terraces, a large in-ground pool, stone pool house, and lighted tennis court. Inside, the main house’s two-story center hall comes with a butterfly staircase and inlaid marble floors. Nearby, the living room opens out to a covered patio. A “handsomely-paneled study” offers handcrafted bookcases and a fireplace.

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Pat Croce’s Villanova Estate to Go to Auction [Gallery]


Pat Croce — former president of the 76ers; author of inspirational New York Times bestsellers; self-described pirate; museum founder; and Key West habitué and bar owner — put his Lower Merion Colonial on the market for $7.95 million at the end of last year.

Now Croce has entered into an agreement with Premiere Estates Auction Company to bring the 10,500- square-foot home to auction on Oct. 25 “to accelerate the sales process,” as a Premiere spokesperson puts it. It’s an absolute auction, which means that there’s no going back — the highest bid will take the property. Absolute auctions can be intriguing if there’s the possibility that no one shows up except a homeless guy who read about it in the paper at the Free Library, and has a crumpled dollar in his pocket but nothing more.

This isn’t Trading Places, though. When there’s an auction for an estate like this one, rest assured it will bring more than a dollar, and from someone who knows real estate and the Main Line. If I were a betting gal…well, but I’m not (I’m sorry, Atlantic City. I haven’t helped at all).

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Now for Sale: Pat Croce’s Exuberantly Decorated Main Line Home


Pat Croce — former president of the 76ers; author of inspirational New York Times bestsellers; self-described pirate; museum founder; and Key West habitué and bar owner — has put his extravagant Lower Merion estate on the market for $7.95 million. The home has six bedrooms and 8 full bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, for a total of more than 10,500 square feet. The house sits on three and a half acres, and was built in 1923. Croce and wife Diane paid 2.35 million for it in 1993.

As befits a man of Croce’s status, the home has a game room, a media room, plenty of garage parking, a pool, tennis courts, a bar, and other perks. It also has a very distinct sense of style, as exuberant as the man himself. Note the pirate-themed chairs.

Gallery below.

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