As many of you know, Pennsylvania is in the process of selecting a second casino site in Philadelphia. A state agency, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, will decide late this year or early next year to award the second license to one of the six applicants seeking it. In addition to whatever feelings we each may have about the increase of legalized gambling, this process is of particular interest to the Callowhill Neighborhood Association (CNA) because one proposed casino would be located at the Inquirer building which is directly across Broad Street from our Eastern boundaries.

In light of this interest, CNA has been part of organizing the North Broad Community Coalition, which is composed of more than a dozen other neighborhood, religious, educational, businesses and civic institutions located along the North Broad corridor. These institutions include, among others, Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Logan Square Neighborhood Association; Callowhill Neighborhood Association; West Popular Community Development Corporation; Community Land Trust Corporation; The Reading Viaduct Project; VIADUCTgreene; Vetri Family (including Osteria, Alla Spina, Vetri Foundation); Friends Select School; Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School; Parents United for Better Schools; J.R. Masterman Home and School Association; Arch Street United Methodist Church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Greater Exodus Baptist Church and its People-for-People affiliate

The Coalition is carefully monitoring the application process and considering what options are available to it to participate in the process.

Your chance to directly share your opinion with the Gaming Control Board comes on either April 11 and 12 in all day hearings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, or May 8 at Lincoln Financial Field. It is important that our community’s voice is heard – so if you have a strong opinion about a casino proposal, or issues related to a proposal such as traffic, crime and security or consistency with a community, please share your brief thoughts with the Board.

You can sign up beginning on March 4, 2013, at (see link on right of page labeled “Category 2 Applicant Hearing Registration/Comment Form”). If you cannot make it in person, you can present your opinion in writing as well.

There are many articles about this process on the website. An overview of the six applicants is at: be_Philadelphia_casino_operators_make_public_pitches_today_to _state_gaming_officials.htm


Callowhill Neighborhood Association
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