There's been a bit of a lull in casino-planning updates, in part following on the statements by many developers that they considered the Philadelphia situation too expensive and regulated for their tastes. But apparently there are still some contenders for the honor of running the city's two eventual slots parlors, judging from today's updates:
- A Chicago firm is interested in a site along the Delaware River in the Northeast. This developer has competed in the past with Trump Enterprises, also considered a contender here.
- In a second story, a well-connected minority group has won an option on the old city incinerator site (at Delaware and Spring Garden), for a casino to be run by Planet Hollywood. The story manages to pull in both mayor Street and union boss John Dougherty, and even mention loyalists to state Sen. John Fumo, in typical Philly style.
The deadline for casino applications is December 28, just under two weeks...