Gaming Control Board: Public hearing scheduled for proposed Hollywood Casino York
A hearing for the proposed Hollywood Casino York has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The state's Gaming Act requires a public hearing to be held within the municipality where a casino could be located, the state board reported.
The public input hearing allows Individuals to "voice their support or opposition to the proposed casino" and "learn more about the project," the board relayed in a statement.
Penn National Gaming, which is developing the proposed casino, reported that the new casino would be a $120 million investment, between retrofitting the former Sears store at the York Galleria mall, upgrading infrastructure to the surrounding area and the $52.6 million Category 4 slots and table games license fees.
The mini-casino would open with approximately 500 slot machines and 20 table games. The proposed location will be designed to "accommodate up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games," according to the Wyomissing-based gaming company.
Hollywood Casino York also will feature a "casual dining restaurant and sports bar, a small entertainment lounge, and a 'grab-and-go' eatery," Penn National officials said.
The state's first category-4 casino is projected to create up to 200 new permanent local jobs and more than 75 construction jobs. If the state Gaming Control Board approves Penn National's license to operate the mini-casino, it would take 12 to 18 months of construction before its grand opening.
The public input hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Springettsbury Township's administrative building, 1501 Mount Zion Road.
"The Board also announced that it has begun accepting requests today from citizens, public officials and community groups who wish to provide oral or written testimony regarding the proposed casino," the state board said.
Those who want to present testimony at the public input hearing must register prior to the hearing by visiting the board's website, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, and clicking on "Penn National Casino York Public Input Hearing."
The deadline for registration to speak is noon on Oct. 30, the state board noted. A list of speakers who have registered will be posted on the board's website one week before the hearing, and it will be updated daily until the hearing, the state board reported.
Those who cannot attend the public hearing but want their comments to be part of the record can submit them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; fax, 717-265-7416; or by mail, PA Gaming Control Board, P.O. Box 69060, Harrisburg, PA 17106, Attention: Board Clerk.
A second public hearing will be held in Harrisburg where Penn National representatives will offer their reasoning for the mini-casino's location. The date is to be determined.
Information gathered from both public hearings will be used toward determining the approval or the denial of a state gaming license, the state board reported.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board noted questions can be addressed at its Office of Hearing and Appeals at 717-265-7451.