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Report from Harrisburg: Foxwoods to South Philly (In A Tent?)
Update -- 1:39 pm -- The Gaming Board rules that Foxwoods gets extension but reiterates for it not to "waste it's time" on any other site but the waterfront at the level promised. Unanimous.
Helen Gym is in Harrisburg, and reports that Foxwoods says it will be operation in South Philly in May 2011, but wants a "temporary facility." (I am sure that will be beautiful.) And, it might ask for a relocation later. The Gaming Board would have to consent to either of these. More quickly jotted notes:
On conditions for the extension:
- PCGB lawyers recommend conditions as follows: within 30 days of board extension provide plan for 1500 slots at it's approved location; provide written monthly updates on financing on approved location; within six months provide a financing plan; within 3 months of all architectural renderings, all documents related to construction of facility, including timeline, etc. In total 10 recommendations all of which state at "it's approved location." Last recommendation is negotiating with community groups.
- Foxwoods responding that they're worried about the timeline that they "might be in default of." They don't like the first month plan or the drawings for the facility; Dopn't like timeline for permits and licenses- "we can't control what the govt does." These things include mandated community negotiations, which "puts an axe over our head"
- Gaming Board member says he'll revoke the license if they try to move; another said that they don't want to hear about phases and "want some sort of assurance that they'll have a facility".
- Commissioner asks: you have six months, "are you going to do anything?"
On the nature of the facility:
- Foxwoods says that it needs time to assess the situation to make a "quality competitive facility"
- Commissioner reiterates says that we voted for what you proposed in 2006. You made a commitment to this board and to this Commonwealth and we're going to hold your feet to the fire.
On the location:
- Office of Enforcement notes that Foxwoods lacks most basic permit at Columbus Blvd., which is the zoning and use permit.
- Commissioner asks if, based on the original proposal, they would be prohibited from getting permits.
- Chair: "Can't reiterate enough the concern of the board any discussion of relocating. I cannot say it emphatically enough that if this petition is granted we expect that facility to be on Columbus Blvd and in the way it was presented."
- Any discussion of relocating "is a fool's errand."