Philadelphia Casino Bidder to Launch Special Services District Initiative with Spring Park Beautification Event

PHL Local Gaming to Conduct Park Beautification at Burke Playground, on 2nd and Jackson Streets, in South Philadelphia

Apr 09, 2013, 09:45 ET from PHL Local Gaming, LLC

PHILADELPHIA, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, PHL Local Gaming, LLC, one of six bidders for the available casino gaming license, in Philadelphia, will host a Spring Park Beautification, at Burke Playground, at 2nd and Jackson Streets, in South Philadelphia, as part of an initiative to establish a Special Services District that will serve the needs of residents and businesses in the Lower South Philadelphia community. The District, once established, would be designed to service an area that would extend North to Snyder Avenue, South to Pattison Avenue, East to 7th Street, and West to I-95. PHL Local Gaming's proposed gaming facility, Casino Revolution, would be situated within the District.

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PHL has begun the application process for establishing the District by reaching out to the Philadelphia Commerce Department and to its District Councilman, Kenyatta Johnson. The company has also conducted initial meetings with members of the South Philadelphia-based Whitman Council, and with members of the adjacent Stadium Special Services District. PHL has agreed to fund feasibility and organizational efforts for the proposed District. As part of such a process, it would convene like-minded businesses and residents to support the initiative, with an objective of launching the new District, over the next several months, even prior to any licensing decision by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The park beautification event will include PHL officials and community residents planting 12 four-foot-tall evergreens, in the playground, as a symbol of the new initiative. Future projects are to include support for local planning, maintenance, and other beautification activities, and will extend throughout the balance of the year. The company has also been active in providing support for local youth baseball leagues, in the area.

If successful in its bid for the available casino management license in Philadelphia, PHL Local Gaming LLC plans to open "Casino Revolution," a $428 million, four-star quality, "destination-caliber," 250-room hotel and gaming facility. The casino will offer 2400 slots, 105 table games, a steak house, a coffee/espresso bar, an Italian restaurant, a 300-seat buffet, a 156-seat cafe and a covered, 1600-car garage. The facility would be located at Front and Pattison Streets, in South Philadelphia.

Given its unique location, as part of the 25-acre Procacci Brothers Sales complex, PHL has said it has the ability, if selected, to open its casino a full six months prior to any of the other six bidders, and to generate 600 early jobs and $51.9 million in city and state revenues, in the process.


  • John O'Riordan, vice president, Community Relations, PHL Local Gaming, LLC
  • George Binck, executive vice president, Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation
  • Two dozen volunteers, community residents


Tuesday, April 9, 2013



Burke Playground

200 S Philip St

Philadelphia, PA 19148‎

Cross Streets: 2nd and Jackson Streets

SOURCE PHL Local Gaming, LLC