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News ‘Standing room only' for public hearing on mini-casino in Caernarvon Township

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Posted: Mar 04, 2019 11:37 PM EST

Updated: Mar 05, 2019 04:30 AM EST

‘Standing room only' for public hearing on mini-casino in Caernarvon Township

VIDEO: 'Standing room only' for public hearing on mini-casino in Caernarvon Township

VIDEO: 'Standing room only' for public hearing on mini-casino in Caernarvon Township

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VIDEO: 'Standing room only' for public hearing on mini-casino in Caernarvon Township

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CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. - A large crowd weighed in on Wyomissing-based Penn National Gaming's plans for a $110 million mini-casino in Caernarvon Township.

"The turnout tonight I think was very good," Sam Rohrer, with the PA Pastors Network said. "The concern in this area is extremely great."

Representatives with the state gaming board say this is one of the larger public hearings in terms of turnout in recent memory.

"We're very thorough before we grant a license, and part of it is to come into the communities and hear pro and con on this project and how they feel about it. That becomes part of the evidentiary record that the board will lean upon to make a final decision," Doug Harbach with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said.

Plans are to put the casino near the intersection of the PA Turnpike, I-176 and Route 10.

Those opposed to the casino say the cons include addiction, more traffic, and overall community safety.

"I think safety is my top notch for sure," Stephanie Gibson of Caernarvon Township said. "The location is right next to the pool, the public pool, which is questioning. The other thing is the traffic dumping right into it. It seems to me this is just a quick getaway, or an easy escape, just piling more people into the area."

As for pros, one union representative said the jobs the project creates will provide an economic boost.

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