Breaking: South Philly to get city's second casino

After a week of speculation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has confirmed it will award Philadelphia's second casino license to Live! Casino and Hotel, for their proposal at 10th and Packer Avenue.

Read more PlanPhilly coverage of the plan here.

Cordish and Greenwood Gaming had based their case for Live! around its proximity to the city's sports facilities, its superior car access to I-76 and I-95, and its distance from competitor SugarHouse, which they argued would limit "cannibalization" of the already-crowded regional casino market.

It was not clear whether the state would issue a second Philly casino license at all, despite heavy lobbying from local unions and area politicians. The Gaming Control Board was not officially allowed to consider the casino closings in Atlantic City in their decision, although the turmoil in the market surely had been on everyone's mind. South Philadelphia neighbors recently protested the plan and have vowed to continue fighting it.
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For more backstory, visit our Casinos issue page to read more in-depth PlanPhilly coverage of this debate, see the renderings, and watch the videos of the Cordish and Greenwood teams making their case to the PGCB and the media:

About the author

Jon Geeting

Jon Geeting was Engagement Editor at Plan Philly from 2014-2016. He has also covered city and state politics, land use, transportation, and economic policy for Next City, Keystone Politics, This Old City, Philadelphia Magazine, and City Paper. Jon grew up in Bethlehem, PA and moved to Philadelphia in 2013 after an 11-year detour to New York City. Follow him on Twitter @jongeeting.

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