South Philly casino granted extension to open

Tony Romeo
November 28, 2018 - 2:34 pm
South Philly casino granted extension to open

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — With indications that start of construction is imminent, the developers of a delayed South Philadelphia casino project have officially been granted an extension of their deadline to finish, and two existing casinos in the region are closer to opening their sports books. 

Just before voting, Gaming Control Board member Kathy Manderino sought assurances from developers that the Live! Casino project is really ready to roll. 

“Maybe you’re far enough along to assure me that this is a foolish thought but, [being] a former Philadelphian, I’ve seen this project and other ones, even kind of at late, late stages, maybe this is later, kinda fall apart,” Manderino said.

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But a representative of the developer told the board he has no concerns, and a top board staffer said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the city’s second stand-alone casino will finally be built. 

The board approved a two-year extension of the deadline, with up to one more year in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 

The gaming board also approved sports book operators for SugarHouse and Parx casinos. The board’s executive director says those sports books will have testing days soon.