One opponent of South Philly casino cries uncle

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 9th and Packer is the site of the Stadium-District Casino which was awarded the licensure for Philadelphia's 2nd casino. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

9th and Packer is the site of the Stadium-District Casino which was awarded the licensure for Philadelphia's 2nd casino. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

One opponent of the South Philadelphia Casino is withdrawing his appeal. 

Bart Blatstein says he’s giving up fighting the decision to award a casino license to a South Philadelphia project instead of to his proposed gambling hall on North Broad Street.

He says he has many reasons, including not wanting to wait years for the courts to rule.

“It’s too valuable of a property and too important to leave fallow and empty for three years or more.  It’s important to the revitalization of North Broad Street,” he said.

Blatstein says he will do something else with the former Inquirer building at Broad and Callowhill Streets, and will announce plans in the next few months.

South Philly residents and Sugarhouse Casino are still fighting the proposed gaming hall planned for near the stadiums.

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