This morning, the city’s deputy mayor for economic development Alan Greenberger spoke before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to basically say: “Hey, here’s what is wrong with all these proposals.” The whole thing was summed up very nicely by The Inquirer‘s Jennifer Lin in one tweet:
Greenberger's message: S. Philly casinos eh; Market8 & Provence most bang for city & eco. dev; Wynn good but how affect SugarHouse
— Jennifer Lin (@j_linq) September 24, 2013
The main issue that arose when it came to Market8 was the viability of a multi-story, high-rise casino project, or as we said yesterday, Die Hard 15. Casino Revolution, the one way down by 95, would have an issue appealing to a new gaming market because it is so isolated. Penn National Gaming, which just proposed a new on-ramp to help their case, was also lumped in with the general “meh” given to the South Philly projects, along with the one from the people behind Xfinity Live! that everyone seems to just be ignoring.
When it comes to the two we saw as front-runners — Wynn and The Provence — it seems like The Provence has an edge because it promises more jobs and possible additional revenue because of retail space. Also, Greenberger expressed the city’s concern that Wynn’s location would maybe pull some people away from Sugarhouse more than any of the others would.
So, that’s where they stand. But if you are still holding out hope that none of these will be approved (or if you’ve just got a favorite), the deadline to submit written comments to the PGCB has been extended to November 29th.