Officials from Northern Chester County Express Concern over Proposed Casino in Morgantown

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Officials from northern Chester County recently expressed their concerns over a proposed casino in Morgantown at a packed hearing of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, writes Tom Rader for WFMZ 69 News.

The $110 million mini-casino proposed by Penn National Gaming would be located in Berks County, near the interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Caernarvon Township. The Hollywood Casino Morgantown would initially have 750 slot machines and 30 table games and sports betting, along with a fine-dining restaurant, entertainment lounge, food court, and parking.

The proposal received support from economic development representatives, government officials, and local construction and trade unions. However, religious leaders, community activists, and some residents were against it.

Gary Elston, West Nantmeal Township supervisor, said the traffic study did not properly evaluate the impact on smaller roads. He said that traffic signals would be needed at the intersection of routes 23 and 401 and the costs covered by Penn National Gaming.

Meanwhile, Dwight Frizen, president of the Elverson Borough Council, said that while Caernarvon Township will enjoy the tax benefits, the surrounding municipalities would have to pay for the increased infrastructure. He said Caernarvon should compensate them for this.

Read more about the proposed casino at WFMZ 69 News here.

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