Slots Parlor Readies for Groundbreaking
by KYW's Mike Dunn
Posted: Monday, 20 July 2009 4:38AM
After years of protests and bureaucratic hurdles, the Sugarhouse slots parlor on North Delaware Avenue is now likely to have groundbreaking for construction by the end of the summer.
Sugarhouse officials are now locking in financing and dotting the i's on their construction plan, following last month's approval of a revised plan by the city's Planning Commission (see related stories).
Casino officials insist they have no more major hurdles to start building, and they expect groundbreaking by late August or early September. This is project manager Terry McKenna:
"We are finalizing our design at lightning speed, finalizing our financing at lightning speed, and we expect to be in the ground towards the end of the summer."
Sugarhouse is still working out archaeological issues, and is negotiating with a holding company for some old railroad right-of-way. But McKenna insists those matters will delay what's expected to be a ten month construction.
McKenna has been involved with the Sugarhouse casino for five years and is relieved to get this close to actual construction:
"There's been enough delay with this project, and its time to get this project constructed and open, and start generating revenue for the city and the state, and obviously the investors."
The current plan is a scale-down version of the original proposal. McKenna says construction will cost $60 million.