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Foxwoods would consider other sites

22 August 2008

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Foxwoods Casino would consider building its slots parlor on sites away from the Delaware River waterfront, Gov. Rendell announced yesterday after meeting with Foxwoods principals.

"The development - which the governor called 'good news' - is the latest movement in a protracted struggle that pits Foxwoods and the other casino planned for the waterfront, SugarHouse, against intractable state and local opposition.

"...The announcement followed a much-anticipated meeting, held at the Center City offices of the law firm Ballard Spahr, with Mayor Nutter, state legislators, and the project's owners.

"...Nutter, who has said that the two slots parlors planned on the Delaware River conflict with the city's civic vision of its waterfront, called the development 'absolutely a positive step' toward moving them away from the riverfront.

"Foxwoods and SugarHouse were both awarded licenses to build slot-machine casinos in the city in December 2006 but have been held up by unfriendly neighbors, Council members, and local state legislators..."

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