Thursday, April 3, 2008

Pennsylvania Court Tells City Of Philadelphia To Approve Foxwoods Construction

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted unanimously to force the city council of Philadelphia to approve a Foxwoods casino in that city.

The court said the city council exceeded its authority by failing to act on the proposed casino, approved by the state's gaming commission in December 2006. Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille wrote that "there is ample evidence that the inaction was a deliberate attempt by the Council to simply delay the construction of the casinos."

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and its partners should now be able to break ground on the casino, to be called Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia. The casino is one of two casinos approved for the city of Philadelphia, considered by many to be the most lucrative gaming location in the state.

A spokesman for the group said the construction is expected to take 22 months and the casino would have 3,000 slot machines in addition to restaurants and bars. After the casino opens, the group plans to later build a hotel and convention space.

A second casino slated for Philadelphia is the Sugar House Casino, to be located on the the banks of Delaware River.

Once the two casinos in Philadelphia open, the city would become the country's largest city with casino gambling.