FoxwoodsCasino and SugarHouse Casino

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Even before the final selection was announced on Dec. 20,criticism of utilizing riverfront land for casinos erupted amongcity planners, and residents surrounding proposed sites raisedconcerns over traffic, the alteration of neighborhoods and casinos'potentially damaging effect on housing values. These, along withgeneral "not in my back yard" complaints join the strict "CasiNO!,"anti-gambling critics.

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Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia, headed by the Connecticut-basedMashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is a planned $560-millioncomplex on 16 acres on Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street. Furthernorth, on 22.6 acres at N. Delaware Avenue and Shackamoxon Street,a partnership that includes Chicago developer Neil Bluhm and DanKeating, a suburban developer, plans the $550-million SugarHouseCasino complex.

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Both of the sites are on the Delaware riverfront and both withinCouncilman Frank DiCicco's district. A spokesman for his officetells GlobeSt.com DiCicco will submit an appeal by thedeadline.

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In addition, the spokesman says DiCicco has introduced a packageof legislation to the City Council, "which includes 10 bills andthree resolutions, all dealing with casinos." They range fromseeking to alter the location of the approved sites to requiring avoter referendum to approve any zoning ordinance that allows agaming facility. The City Council has scheduled a Feb. 28 hearingon the legislative initiatives.

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Meanwhile, Brett Mapp, president of the Bella Vista United CivicAssociation, tells GlobeSt.com, "Riverfront United Communities, acoalition of between 15 and 17 neighborhood associationsrepresenting neighborhoods at both locations have been meetingweekly for three weeks. There's strength in numbers."

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Of his own group, Mapp says, "We haven't yet figured out ifwe'll file an appeal separately or jointly with others." Heconfirms that the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association andSociety Hill Civic Association are part of the newly formedcoalition.

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Tania Rorke, president of SHCA, tells GlobeSt.com, "Ourassociation is completely opposed to a Foxwoods casino at ReedStreet. We're having an emergency board meeting on Wednesday (Feb.7) to discuss this, listen to the recommendation of our casinocommittee, and bring (the possibility of an appeal) to a vote." Acall to NLNA was not returned by deadline.

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Greg Carlin, CEO of SugarHouse Gaming, refers to theadjudication documents and tells GlobeSt.com, "I think we're in astrong position. We're moving full steam ahead with planning,obtaining the necessary permits and approvals and hoping to breakground by late spring or early summer. At most, appeals may slowdown the process," he says.

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A call to Foxwoods was not returned by deadline.

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