PA Gaming Control grants license extension to Foxwoods

Sep 1, 2009 5:02 PM
Industry Insider by Ray Poirier |

Hampered by opposition from Philadelphia city officials, Foxwoods officials have spent months seeking an alternative site to the riverfront location it originally chose for a slots casino. That forced the company and its partners to seek an extension to its license.

The 21-month extension was granted by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board but only after the developers were warned to "stop looking for alternatives" to the Delaware River waterfront site.

In response, the developers said they would form plans for an interim casino by May 2011, despite the problems placed before them by city officials who are adamant that the casino should go elsewhere.

The interim casino, Foxwoods executives said, would have at least 1,500 slot machines that would eventually be incorporated into an expanded facility.

City officials said the South Philadelphia site would exacerbate crime, poverty and cause other social problems.

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