Hollywood Casino in Springettsbury could get license this week

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
The future site of Hollywood Casino York at York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The proposed licensing of a mini-casino at the York Galleria mall in Springettsbury Township could get its license this week.    

The state Gaming Control Board will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Strawberry Square Complex, 320 Market St., in Harrisburg.

According to the meeting agenda, the mini-casino could receive its Category 4 license if voted on by the board. 

The proposed mini-casino in Springettsbury Township would be among the first tests of Pennsylvania's 2017 gambling expansion that allows up to 10 permits for Category 4 or  "satellite casinos."

Penn National selected the Galleria as the site of the first mini-casino in September 2018. The company bid the highest, $50 million, to place a casino in York County.

Although Springettsbury Township originally did not want to be considered for a mini-casino site, it later accepted the offer. 

Following the township's decision to allow for the construction of a casino, residents packed a July 2018 meeting to air concerns.

The $120 million project would overhaul the former Sears space in the York Galleria, officials have said. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.