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Parx Casino sends application for building mini-casino in Shippensburg

Parx Casino sends application for building mini casino in Shippensburg

Bucks County, the parent company of Parx Casino has filed papers with the state Gaming Control Board for building a new mini-casino in western Cumberland County near Shippensburg.

The proposed site lies in tiny Shippensburg Township just north of the borough and just east of the Franklin County line and best-known until now as home to Shippensburg University.

Parx, if it wins a license from the  Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board can go for a 2020 opening. The township is one of a handful of municipalities in South Central Pennsylvania which left the door open after Pennsylvania's massive 2017 gambling expansion got passed.

It clearly means that the officials would not be able to veto till it meets all local zoning and land development requirements.

Gaming board spokesperson said, "The applicant can control the site but in order to do that he must obtain all the required documents which permits and satisfies the board to gain the award."

"The board would also ask for the same from any casino which is seeking a license for establishing a successful, efficient and viable business operation in that particular location and can maintain a steady graph of growth."

For Parx this represents the end of a tortured site selection process that witnessed company officials wage successful campaigns. However, the company seems happy to possess a third choice.

"We are extremely happy for the site and we are looking to expand our business and run our business there," said Marc Oppenheimer, company's chief marketing officer.

Oppenheimer added that along with a typical casino gambling floor, Parx is aiming for opening one sports bar or a restaurant in the facility.