The six applicants vying for Philadelphia's second casino license will get 45 minutes to present their ideas to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Feb. 12.
Three teams of operator-hopefuls will present in the morning and three in the afternoon, with a lunch break in between. The hearing will be held in Room 103 A/B at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street.
Here is the meeting schedule:
9 a.m.: Opening remarks, followed by Market East Associates, proposing Casino Philadelphia at 8th and Market Street.
10 a.m.: Stadium Casino, proposing Live! Hotel and Casino at 900 Packer Avenue.
11 a.m.: PA Gaming Ventures, LLC, proposing Hollywood Casino Philadelphia at 700 Packer Avenue.
Noon: Lunch break
1 p.m.: PHL Local Gaming, LLC, proposing Casino Revolution at 3333 South Front Street.
2 p.m.: Wynn PA, Inc., proposing Wynn Philadelphia at 2001 Beach Street, and 2001 through 2005 Richmond Street.
3 p.m.: Tower Entertainment, LLC., proposing The Provence at 400 North Broad Street.
The meeting is open to the public, but no public comment will be taken and no prior registration is needed.
The PGCB plans to stream the hearing live on its website, and to post video of the meeting in the days following.
Two hearings for public input on the proposals are scheduled for Thursday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These sessions will also be held at the convention center. Those who wish to speak can register on the PGCB website beginning on March 4. The board will also begin accepting written public comment at that time from those unable to speak in person.
When the board announced the hearing dates in December, it also said the window for anyone seeking to intervene is not tied to these public comment hearings. Parties seeking to intervene must do so no later than 45 days before the board's suitability hearings on each applicant. Those suitability hearings, which will help the board determine who gets the license, have not yet been scheduled. They are not expected to take place until late summer or early fall, at the earliest.
Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.