Sugar House Casino Debutes in Northern Liberties

On Thursday September 23 the long anticipated and for some dreaded arrival of Philadelphia's first casino, Sugar House Casino is set to open its doors to the general public.  The casino held a test run for Pennsylvania Gaming Control board members on Monday along with invited guest totaling 10,000 supporting four charities that will receive proceeds from the Monday and Wednesdays test runs.  The casino will open with 1,600 slots machines and 40 tables where dealers will lead rounds of blackjack, poker, and other games.

Many believe the casino will be a great fit for Delaware Avenue, hopefully encouraging more residential and commercial development.  This could also do great things for property values in neighboring Northern Liberties, Port Richmond, Fishtown, and Kensington neighborhoods, all of which are witnessing a lot of development and gentrification.

Although the design is respectfully modest considering its location, there is much to hopefully be improved over time.  Many were disappointed at the dominance of parking, the suburban approach, and non existing ground floor retail.  However, there is a planned parking structure slated for the future, but hopefully there is also a curbside hotel and retail that will ease the minds of all its neighbors. Despite all that is lacking, designers did do one thing right in designating a beautiful river-walk at the rear of the property, which coincides with "A Civic Vision For The Central Delaware"that Penn Praxis says sets an extraordinary high bar for the rest of the river.

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