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Bethlehem commission views plans

1 November 2006

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – As reported by The Morning Call: "The Bethlehem Planning Commission got its first look Tuesday at architectural sketches and rudimentary floor plans for the proposed Las Vegas Sands Corp. casino planned for former Bethlehem Steel land, and gave the designs preliminary approval.

"Representatives of the casino developer said they do not plan to bring its final land development plan to the city until the first quarter of 2007, and then only if the company wins a much coveted slots casino license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in December.

"If Las Vegas Sands wins a license, it would still need final land development approvals from the commission before it could build a hotel and casino with 5,000 slots machines on the south side of the Minsi Trail Bridge at the western end of the former Bethlehem Steel complex.

"…Tuesday's special meeting apparently satisfied an intermediate approval step adopted by City Council in September when it amended Bethlehem's zoning law to specifically allow casinos in industrial redevelopment zones. The intermediate approval is only required of casino developers who are required to show for commission approval architectural drawings and signage plans before they are submitted for final approval…"

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