Planet Hollywood and Harrahs filed separately for Pennsylvania
gaming licenses. Gaming operator Pinnacle Entertainment also
confirmed it filed for a license in the state.
set forth by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, gaming firms
had until Dec. 28 to submit applications for operating
application, a group affiliated with Planet Hollywood and the
Pennsylvania Partnership Group revealed plans for a project called
Riverwalk Casino. The project would be located on 11.5 acres of
land leased from Philadelphia at Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden
According to the
application, 51% of Riverwalk Casino would be owned and controlled
by the Pennsylvania Partnership Group (PPG), which includes some of
the regions most successful minority businessmen and women. BHM
Gaming Opportunities, a group affiliated with Planet Hollywood,
would partner with PPG, holding a minority stake in the
In a city where
minorities make up more than 50% of the population, yet receive
less than 2% of the citys contract opportunities, it is vitally
important to advance the cause of minority entrepreneurship, said
PPG Chairman Willie Johnson in a statement.
Plans for the
$380 million casino project include more than 100,000 square feet
of casino space with 3,000 slot machines, a 400-seat theater, a
television studio, six restaurants, and a 3,000-space parking
garage. The plan also calls for setting aside an additional 50,000
square feet space for a second phase expansion that would include
an additional 2,000 slot machines.
will redefine the currently planned gaming landscape in
Philadelphia by combining the allure and excitement of celebrity
and gaming with the best of Philadelphias diverse culture and
interests, said Planet Hollywood Chairman Robert Earl.
City Enterprises and Harrahs Entertainment applied for a gaming
license to operate a facility in Pittsburgh. Forest City and
Harrahs said they planned to build a casino at Station Square in
Pittsburgh with Harrahs developing and managing the
Station Square is
the right site for a variety of reasons, said Albert Ratner,
co-chairman of the board at Forest City Enterprises in a statement.
The property there is ready to go, which will save time and bring
revenues to our city and state more quickly. Station Square is
already a successful tourist destination, drawing more people than
any place in western Pennsylvania. It is Pittsburghs place to play
and the ideal location for a casino.
Pinnacle Entertainment, which operates gaming casinos in Las Vegas
and Louisiana among other places, also confirmed it applied for a
gaming license to develop a casino in Philadelphia encompassing
3,000 slot machines, several bars and restaurants and multiplex
would include adding a hotel and expanding the casino to an
additional 2,000 slot machines. Pinnacle said it expects phase one
of the casino project to cost between $250 million and $400
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