It’s one step closer for a mini-casino to move into the York Galleria. Springettsbury Township supervisors voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a request to redevelop a vacant portion of the York Galleria for the mini-casino. It is planned for the old Sears store.
It’s one of the approvals that Penn National Gaming Inc. needs to open the venue at the mall site. The company still needs an OK from the state Gaming Control Board to move forward.
Residents and at least one business owner packed the public hearing that lasted more than an hour. Some expressed concerns about traffic, signage and children. A few said they do not want a mini-casino in their community.
“I hate to see the nature of the township change,” Joyce Troxell said after speaking before the board.
The state Gaming Control Board held a hearing on the proposed mini-casino for Springettsbury Township last fall, and the comments were overwhelmingly positive at that meeting.
Supervisors listened as representatives with Penn National presented plans and sketches for the mini-casino. Malls, such as the York Galleria, are looking for ways to reinvent themselves as retail sales move online, attorney Charles Courtney said.
“This project presents a unique opportunity to reinvigorate, reinvent, revitalize the mall,” he said.