Synagogue, schools join against Blatstein’s proposed casino

Photo: PhillyMag

Photo: PhillyMag

From The Inquirer:

A synagogue and two schools near the site of a proposed casino at Broad and Callowhill Streets are taking action to block the project.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Friends Select School, and the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School filed a “petition to intervene” Thursday with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Commission opposing the proposed Provence Casino.

The 424,000-square-feet project would include a casino, concert hall, restaurants, nightclub, and event and meeting space at the former home of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. It would also have 3,000 slot machines and automated table games, and 150 table games.

In their petition, the institutions said the Provence, proposed by developer Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, would be incompatible with a synagogue and schools.

“Most fundamentally, you don’t put a casino within a few blocks of where thousands of kids are going to school and hundreds of people are going to pray. It’s just a bad mix,” said lawyer Larry Spector, who filed the petition.

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