A lawyer for a new coalition said many people believe that North Broad Street already is developing, “just sprouting up in a really interesting way.”

Kevin Greenberg, who represents the coalition, cited Eric Blumenfeld’s projects at Loft 640 and the Divine Lorraine; the opening of Osteria, Vie and Alla Spina restaurants; as well as Blatstein’s own plans for luxury apartments at the former State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets.

The coalition “is deeply concerned about the impact a casino will have on that community, whether it’s traffic, parking, crime and safety, or consistent development for North Broad,” Greenberg said.

He said on Tuesday that he couldn’t yet name the organizations that make up the coalition but that they include civic groups and religious and educational institutions.

Greenberg also noted that the coalition has neither a pro-casino nor anti-casino focus.

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