The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday unanimously approved an expansion request by SugarHouse Casino operators HSP Gaming, L.P.
SugarHouse Casino officials projected the cost of the development to be $155 million but said the project will create 1,600 construction jobs and 450 new permanent positions at the casino.
The Gaming Board approved modifications to SugarHouse's development plan that include expanding the gaming floor by 10,000 square feet, adding a new 10,000 to 15,000 square-foot event and conference center, and repositioning the garage, axing about 1,200 parking spaces.
Plans also include a revamped casino entrance, an expansion of SugarHouse's Delaware River waterfront promenade with new restaurants and more green space, a link to a riverfront bicycle trail and a proposed connection with the neighboring Penn Treaty Park.
The approval came after the board held two public input meetings in Philadelphia – one on May 7 and one on Wednesday before the expansion vote.
SugarHouse in October 2009 acquired a parcel of land adjacent to the casino, allowing for the expansion by adding nearly five acres to the property.