Friday, October 25, 2013

SugarHouse expansion plans unveiled

After delays from a protracted legal fight among partners and a redesign forced by changing market conditions, SugarHouse Casino is ready to launch its $155 million expansion.
In architectual drawings released to The Inquirer, Greg Carlin, chief executive of SugarHouse, said the expansion would take advantage of the casino's location on the Delaware River.

"We really want to engage the river," Carlin said. "There will be a lot of window space."
The expansion will include a second-floor banquet hall with a wall of windows and a riverside balcony. At ground level, SugarHouse will extend its riverwalk and a bike path along the northern end of the property, located on North Delaware Avenue next to Penn Treaty Park.

While the size of the gaming floor will increase from 58,000 square feet to 85,000 square feet, Carlin said most of the expansion would be used for dining and event space. The project includes a seven-story parking garage.

Late Thursday afternoon, Carlin gave a briefing on the casino's construction plans to Gov. Corbett. SugarHouse generates $120 million a year in state and local taxes, which are used to support schools and provide wage-tax relief in Philadelphia.

Stepping onto the riverfront deck of SugarHouse Casino on Thursday afternoon, Corbett had the same reaction as most first-time visitors.

"You have a great view here," said the governor, admiring the sweep of the Delaware River above the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. "This is gorgeous."


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