Penn National Gaming will build a mini-casino in the area of Morgantown in Southern Berk County.

Reading loses big


Penn National Gaming, a Wyoming based company, decided to build one of two mini-casinos in the area of Morgantown.


They won the licence in April by offering 3 million dollars more than the minimum of 7.5 million dollars required by the state.


The officials in Caernarvon Township are quite happy with decision as it would allow them to raise the revenues for the township without raising taxes.


However, they meant to stress out that Penn National Gaming need to absolutely meet the township's zoning requirement.


The casino should be filled with around 750 slots machines and 30 gaming tables.


The officials of Reading, a town within the 15 miles radius that the company was looking in, is disappointed with the decision.


They truly believe that the Penn National Gaming will have a harder time finding employees for the casino and they also meant to remind that they offer more entertainments venues around the city than in Morgantown.


They obviously will not get the hosting revenues that they expected to get if the casino in their area though some of its people will probably land a few jobs in the casino.


York County, the other destination


The other mini-casino that the company should build will be in York County and more precisely they have decided to build it inside the York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township.


They invested a total of 120 million dollars so far, including 52.6 million just for the licence.


At first, the casino should have around 500 slots machines and 20 gaming tables but they expect to expand it to 750 slots machines and 40 gaming tables.


The York Galleria Mall was chosen because of all the present infrastructure.


A restaurant, a sports bar, a small entertainment lounge and a "grab-and-go" eatery are also planned for the establishment.


12 to 18 months of construction are expected and they should only start once they have obtained all the required authorizations.


In total, 10 new casinos licences were sold last year by the state of Pennsylvania with the expectation to increase the state revenues to improve its economy.