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PHILADELPHIA-Penn’s Landing Corp. has issued an RFP for casino and related development proposals for an 11.5-acre parcel along the Delaware River. Responses are due Nov. 1, and the organization will identify a short list from the submissions by Nov. 23, with a final selection on or about Dec. 6.

Applications to the state for category-two slot machine licenses are due by Dec. 28. “The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has, in a way, set the schedule for the RFP and deadline,” Joseph Jacovini, an attorney with the local office of Dilworth Paxton, tells GlobeSt.com. He is general counsel for Penn’s Landing Corp., which is a nonprofit organization that manages the publicly owned land in the central waterfront district along the Delaware between Spring Garden Street to the north and Reed Street to the south.

The parcel for which the RFPs are solicited is known as the Incinerator and Festival Pier Site at the intersections of Spring Garden and N. Columbus Boulevard within this district. It is an area that was cited in the interim report by the Philadelphia Gaming Advisory Task Force and deemed among the more beneficial locations for a slot parlor, especially when combined with another on the east side of the city. Two category-two licenses are available to the city.

In announcing the call for RFPs, Gene Newton, chairman of Penn’s Landing Corp., said the action was taken “because we want to evaluate specific proposals to develop gaming and related facilities at this particular site. …We believe this RFP process will provide a basis for achieving that goal in an open and competitive manner.”

The RFPs are solicited from “qualified real estate developers, gaming operators, other developers and development teams.” They will be required to submit “their qualifications, proposed development program, business proposal, preliminary impact assessment and strategies to lessen the effects of gaming on the surrounding areas along with an economic opportunity plan,” according to the announcement, which also encouraged participation by minority, female and disabled business owners.

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