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March 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - The planned SugarHouse Casino is still several major steps away from ground breaking, but Friday it did get a big step closer. It received a foundation permit from the city.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court stepped in to fast-track the permitting process and appointed an intermediary to negotiate between the developer, HSP Gaming LP, and the city. The action cleared the way for issuance of the foundation permit. City permits are still needed for HVAC systems, lighting, certificate of occupancy and other requirements.

The developer must also get approval from the Army Corps of Engineers to build out over the Delaware River by satisfying an archeological survey and proving the casino would not be built on a historically significant site.

When built, the $550 million SugarHouse Casino will have as many as 5,000 slot machines.

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