Friday, November 14, 2008

City Council Approves Zoning For New Foxwoods Philadelphia Slot Parlor Site

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The Philadelphia City Council approved special zoning yesterday for the latest site that could be home to a Foxwoods slot parlor in the city.

The Gallery Mall, located in Center City and just blocks from Philadelphia City Hall, is the latest location in the plans for a Foxwoods slot parlor. Up until recently, casino officials planned for a slot parlor on Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront in South Philadelphia. City officials, including the mayor, were not in favor of that waterfront location and encouraged Foxwoods officials to consider an alternate site.

Foxwoods is one of two slot parlors approved for the City of Philadelphia under a 2004 slots law that allows up to 14 slot parlors in the state. Foxwoods will need approval of the Pennsylvania Gaming Board on its selection of The Gallery mall site.

Foxwoods must also submit a plan of development that will need further approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.