Councilman may move to block casino bill if South Philly is picked to host second gaming hall

 Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

State casino regulators are expected to announce Tuesday the site they have chosen for Philadelphia’s second casino license.

But a city councilman says he may not cooperate if the state decides to locate the gambling hall on his turf.

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson might not introduce a zoning ordinance to enable a casino in the district he represents.”If there isn’t any consensus regarding a casino being put in South Philadelphia, I will take a look at not being in support of any casino in the Packer Park in the South Philadelphia part of my district,” he said.The anti-casino forces in South Philly are led by Johnson’s opponent in the last election, but Johnson said that’s not what’s driving him.

“For me, this is not about politics, this is about listening to the issues, the concerns of the community,” Johnson said.Opponents of the failed Foxwoods casino plan also tried to use zoning to block it, but the state Supreme Court ordered the city to grant the needed permits.

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