Gina Passarella is staff writer for The LegalIntelligencer.

PHILADELPHIA-HSP Gaming, the parent company of the plannedSugarHouse Casino, doesn't want to wait any longer to startconstruction of its facility on the riverfront in the Fishtownsection of Philadelphia. The company last week filed a petition forreview with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court along with anapplication for summary relief against City Council, the city ofPhiladelphia and the city planning commission to compel theapproval of necessary zoning and permits.

Cozen O'Connor, Sprague & Sprague, Lamb McErlane and LevineStaller Sklar Chan Brown & Donnelly filed the petition onbehalf of HSP Gaming. The company wants the high court to forceCity Council to put into action ordinances it passed before thelicenses were given that created the new zoning classificationCommercial Entertainment Districts.

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