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Public hearing on York County casino slated for Nov. 1

A rendering of the proposed Hollywood Casino York in Springettsbury Township. - (Photo / Submitted)

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has scheduled a Nov. 1 hearing to gather public input on plans for a mini-casino at the York Galleria in Springettsbury Township.

Earlier this month, Berks County-based casino operator Penn National Gaming filed a $120 million plan to convert the former Sears location at the mall into a mini casino dubbed Hollywood Casino York.

A public hearing on Penn National’s proposal will be held at 10 a.m. at the township building located at 1501 Mount Zion Road. Individuals who are for and against the proposed casino are encouraged to attend, but they must register prior to the hearing by visiting the board’s website and clicking the link on the left side of the page for the Penn National Casino York hearing.

The deadline for registration to speak at the Nov. 1 hearing is noon on Oct. 30.

The board also has begun accepting requests from residents, public officials and community groups who wish to provide oral or written testimony on the plan. That input can be done through the same board website, by email to boardclerk@pa.gov, or by fax to 717-265-7416.

Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than Oct. 30.

The board will hold a separate public hearing at a later date in Harrisburg for Penn National to offer oral arguments and respond to board questions. A licensing decision will follow.

The company’s plan calls for Hollywood Casino York to open within 12 to 18 months with about 500 slot machines and 20 table games — assuming its plan wins approvals for licensing and construction. The facility is designed to eventually house up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games. In addition to a gambling parlor, the facility will include a casual restaurant and sports bar, a small entertainment lounge and a grab-and-go eatery.

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