Blatstein Frustrated by Casino Delay

Impatient to know if state will allow second Philly casino.

Inquirer Building, 400 N. Broad Street

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Newsworks reports that developer Bart Blatstein, one of four remaining bidders to build a second casino in Philly, is fretting about the time it’s taking to get that casino approved. He proposed to create a casino in he space of he old Inquirer building a 400 N. Broad.

Blatstein is also undeterred that four New Jersey casinos have closed this year, and another is threatened. He says the fact that Pennsylvania gambling officials have yet to award a license for a second Philly casino is upsetting.

“The frustration comes from I think there are forces trying to keep the other casino license from going out and that is the frustration,” he said. “I do believe there is a lobbyist being paid to kill the license.”

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board would not give a deadline for its decision.