Casino plan developing for The Gallery at Market East
January 25, 2009
PHILADELPHIA – City officials report that Foxwoods casino officials will spend
the next few months developing a detailed plan to build a casino at The Gallery
at Market East near Chinatown and the city's historic district.
Alan Greenberger, executive director of the city planning commission, believes
the city will approve or reject the casino plan before Foxwoods submits it to
state gaming officials.
Greenberger said last Monday, "It's a unique situation that the Gaming Control
Board is going to have to figure out how they want to deal with. But it isn't
impacting what we need to do, which is to get them to start developing a design
so we can critique it, shape it, and either approve it or disapprove it."
The Chinatown site is a revision to Foxwoods’ original plan to build on the
Delaware River waterfront in South Philadelphia. However, last fall Foxwoods
agreed to consider other sites after outcries from local residents.
A decade ago, Chinatown residents defeated plans to build sports stadiums in the
area, and similar reaction may be a formable obstacle for a casino.
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