Shippensburg Casino does have opposition

May 20 – A public hearing for input from the community regarding a casino coming to the old Lowes complex on Conestoga Drive in Shippensburg will begin at 4 p.m. this afternoon at the Luhrs Center.

The hearing will be conducted by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and is the last step for Parx Casino – a gambling facility owned and operated by Greenwood Racing Inc., located north of center city Philadelphia – to bring their casino to Shippensburg.

Speculation from the last few months has been that this is a done deal and no one really has any concerns.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said otherwise this morning on First News.

“I have now confirmed there is a group that’s going to appear today formally opposing this,” Barkdoll said. “It’s what I would call a semi-organized group. You’re going to see a Stop the Casino group appear at this hearing today.”

It’s unclear what kind of resources they have or if they have legal counsel.

“I still don’t think it’s enough to stop this project,” Barkdoll said. “We know that the township supervisors have approved it. The casino has made it through all of the local ordinance and variance issues. And Parx has purchased the license.”

Formally, the state gaming board needs to approve it and that requires the public hearing this afternoon.

Barkdoll pointed out, “As these things have been rolled out across the state, I’m not aware of any that have been declined. Now, I do think there is a real chance this group that is trying to stop the casino may get some concessions.”

They may be talking about increased private security, additional lighting or days and hours that Parx would be allowed to have live events at the complex.

Barkdoll said, “Those are the sort of things that you may see imposed, but ultimately I think this thing gets the green light and it’s going to move forward.”

The project will generate millions of dollars in revenue for Shippensburg in terms of taxes and local spending by visitors.

Discussion this afternoon should prove interesting.