We heard from a tipster months ago that Bart Blatstein wanted to turn the former Inquirer/Daily News building into a casino, but he was being technically accurate when he told philebrity.com in early February: "I have not applied for a gaming license for that site." It's hard to imagine how it'll all shake out, given the Foxwoods fiasco, but so far Blatstein has been keeping the casino plans very quiet. The Daily News' Dan Geringer writes:
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein stood on the roof of the former state office building at Broad and Spring Garden, looked down at the Daily News/Inquirer building he now owns at Broad and Callowhill streets, and announced plans to build a massive casino complex on the site while turning the iconic tower building into a hotel. WHYY's Dave Davies got this info: The 100,000 square foot casino will front on Callowhill Street, have 2,000 parking spaces, a 200-room hotel, 40,000 square feet of shops, six restaurants, a concert hall, event facilities, a spa and fitness center.