Pennsylvania hosts hearing on proposed casino

Parx is still seeking approval for a new casino in Pennsylvania.
Parx is still seeking approval for a new casino in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held a public hearing on the proposed Shippensburg casino to take feedback from residents and businesses.

US.- A proposed new casino in Pennsylvania faced scrutiny at a public hearing held by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) this week.

The regulator took feedback on the proposed 6,800-square-meter Parx casino in Shippensburg Township.

Some residents and community groups voiced opposition, raising concerns that the venue could have a negative impact on a traditional US town.

However, supporters highlighted the casino’s potential to raise US$741,000 a year for state coffers.

Businesses praised the casino’s potential to create an expected 75 full-time and 100 part-time jobs.

A new Pennsylvania casino would generate a major impact on the township’s economy and attract tourism to Shippensburg, increasing spending at restaurants, hotels and other businesses as well as the gaming venue, they said.

Parx’s previous attempts to place the casino in Carlisle Borough and South Middleton were both rejected by the respective local authorities.

According to PGCB spokesman, Doug Harbach, the board will add its own written submissions to financial viability studies and other documents and make a final decision later this year.

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