Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Bethlehem, Mount Airy win casino

Slot machines, a multi-million dollar tax windfall and the specter of gambling are headed to Bethlehem thanks to a vote cast moments ago in Harrisburg.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board picked Sands BethWorks -- located on 124 acres of former Bethlehem Steel Corp. land in the city's southside -- for a slots license this morning.

In doing so, the board rejected Allentown's competing proposal for a slots casino on former Agere Corp. land in east Allentown.

Similarly, the board picked Mount Airy over Pocono Manor. Mount Airy proposes a slots casino in Paradise Township. Pocono Manor's would be located in Tobyhanna Township.

Earlier, a group led by billionaire developer Neil G. Bluhm and Connecticut-based Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation won a slot-machine casino licenses in Philadelphia.

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