Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia is a planned casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, expected to open in 2020. It is planned to have 240 hotel rooms, 2,000 slot machines, and 125 table games. It is being developed by a joint venture of The Cordish Companies and Greenwood Racing. The casino is planned to incorporate an existing Holiday Inn hotel in the city’s stadium district. The hotel was built by a group led by Bankers Securities Corp. at a cost of $7 million, and opened in 1974 as the Philadelphia Hilton Inn. In 1976, local wine distributor Armand Ceritano acquired a controlling stake in the hotel, which had operated at a steep loss and was facing foreclosure. Ceritano put the hotel into bankruptcy the following year and was forced out. In 1985, it was acquired by Connecticut-based Colonial Real Estate. Colonial collapsed in the early 1990s, causing the hotel online casino to go into bankruptcy again and lose its franchise agreement with Hilton, after which it was renamed as the Philadelphia Court Hotel. In 1993, it was purchased by an investment group led by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, and became a Holiday Inn

The Board’s decision was appealed by the other three applicants and by the competing Sugar House Casino, who charged that the Board did not properly consider all the factors required by law. The project also faced opposition from African American community groups because of allegations of racial discrimination at other Cordish properties; those concerns were largely defused after Cordish signed a community benefits agreement promising that much of the casino’s hiring and contracting would go to minorities

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