Despite opposition from officials in northern Chester County, Caernarvon Township in Berks County has approved plans for the proposed Penn National Gaming mini-casino, writes Keith Smoker for the Reading Eagle.
The decision was unanimous to approve the 86,000-square-foot facility on 36 acres accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 10.
Around 40 residents gathered at the township meeting to mostly give their blessing for the mini-casino. But the picture was different in early March, during a public hearing organized by the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission.
Then, 250-plus people attended, with most objecting to the casino for reasons ranging from addiction and religious beliefs to community safety.
Shelley King of Honey Brook spoke against the casino at the hearing, and again expressed her misgivings at the recent meeting.
“We want to see growth that goes with the fabric of who we are in the community,” she said.
Read more about the mini-casino in the Reading Eagle here.