3 weeks until Philly casino application deadline

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania's gambling board on Wednesday reminded developers there are three weeks before the Nov. 15 deadline to submit applications for Philadelphia's second casino license.

In July, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced it would start accepting applications and not wait any longer for the Legislature to decide whether to open up the bidding statewide, an alternative that had been supported by some legislators. The board on Wednesday reminded potential applicants that they must have completed applications submitted to the Harrisburg office if they want to be considered.

Gambling regulators will not say how many applications have been submitted.

One, real estate developer Bart Blatstein, is scheduled Wednesday night to reveal his proposal for a $700 million project that would include a casino in the former headquarters of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Several other groups have previously expressed interest in the license as well.

The board will announce a period of public comment and public hearings will be scheduled, Ryan said.

The 2004 state gambling law calls for two casinos in Philadelphia, one of which, Sugarhouse Casino, is up and running. The gambling board revoked the second license for a long-stalled Foxwoods project in 2010. That project ran into funding problems and other issues and never got off the ground.

Pennsylvania, which legalized casino gambling in 2004, currently has 11 casinos. Four are in the Philadelphia region: Sugarhouse in the city, Parx Casino in the northern suburbs, Harrah's Philadelphia in the city of Chester and Valley Forge Casino Resort to the west.