SugarHouse breaks ground on long-planned expansion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — SugarHouse Casino has broken ground on a long-delayed $164 million expansion of its property in lower north Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.

SugarHouse general manager Wendy Hamilton told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1pCxrDN ) that the expansion is focused on enhancing the casino's non-gambling offerings.

SugarHouse opened in September 2010 as an interim facility while owners later fought lawsuits and obtained permits.

The expansion is expected to open next year and will more than double SugarHouse's size to 260,000 square feet from 108,000 square feet. That doesn't include a seven-story parking garage.

The gambling floor will expand to allow 30 more table games, 400 more slot machines and a 30-table poker room. But most of the new space will fit in new restaurants and a 30,000 square-foot event space.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com