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'Topping off' ceremony held for SugarHouse casino
Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:15:54 AM
The final steel beam of the SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia's first gaming hall, was mounted in place Friday on the 22-acre site straddling Fishtown and Northern Liberties on Columbus Boulevard.
The "topping" ceremony, which brought the casino one step closer to its projected opening in mid-September, was part of a union ritual bestowing good luck and good fortune upon a completed infrastructure for SugarHouse, a 60,000-square-foot building that will eventually employ hundreds of casino workers.
But it took much more than luck to bring the casino into existence, said Wendy Hamilton, the project's general manager. SugarHouse was granted one of two casino licenses in Philadelphia in 2006 and has been met by opposition from neighbors who fear increased traffic and crime once it opens.
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