Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, the parent company of Pennsylvania-based Parx Casino, has recently submitted to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) an application to build its next satellite casino in Shippensburg. The casino operator won the mini-casino license at a February auction with a winning bid of a whopping $8.1 million. If it wins the license to set up the location in Shippensburg, it is shooting for a 2020 launch date.
Also, Shippensburg happens to be one of the few municipalities in South Central Pennsylvania that have been open to the idea of the massive statewide gambling expansion that was initiated by the gaming bill that was passed into law last year. This not only implies that the town is likely to harbor a number of legal gambling operations but also that the township’s elected officials will not have the direct ability to veto any casino project unless, of course, fails to meet all the zoning and land development requirements.
As much as the Keystone State’s expanded statewide gambling continues to take sturdily take shape, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment still has to qualify for several other PGCB regulations which will include a public input hearing where the residents of Shippensburg will be given the opportunity to voice their support as well as their concerns in regards to the proposed mini casino project.
“The applicant has some control of the site, but it must also obtain all required permits locally to satisfy the board and gain the award,” Doug Harbach the PGCB’s spokesman said. “The board will also look at the same issues as with any casino licensing including… whether the applicant is likely to maintain a financially successful, viable and efficient business operation in that location, and is likely able to maintain a steady level of revenue growth. Certainly, there could special conditions attached to the license as well.”
In the application, the casino operator outlined its plans for the satellite casino venue that would host up to 450 slot machine titles and table games. Also included in the plans were a sports bar and a restaurant.
PGCB to Host Mini Casino Proposal Hearing in Westmoreland County
As Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment braces for the next steps it application process, Stadium Casino LLC, another of the Commonwealth’s casinos is already at the public hearing stage with regards to its proposed mini-casino project at the Westmoreland Mall. During a public hearing that has been set for December 5, the county residents and other stakeholders will be given the chance to air their view pertaining to the satellite casino.
Currently, a public version of the operator’s application is being reviewed, but it will be availed to customers before the date of the hearing. The gaming control board, while announcing the date of the hearing also said that it is collecting requests from the residents, public officials as well as the community groups who hope to give their testimonies during the hearing – interested parties can register as the regulator’s website.
Like, Greenwood Gaming, Stadium Casino LLC also purchased a license earlier this year with the hopes of building the smaller satellite casinos in the state.