Gloucester Township Off-Track Betting Parlor Approved by NJ Racing Commission

The facility was originally scheduled open this month.

The former Stone Grill on Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township will become an off-track betting facility.
The former Stone Grill on Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township will become an off-track betting facility.
The New Jersey Racing Commission approved an application for an off-track horse-racing facility at the former Stone Grill restaurant at 1300 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township according to a published report.

The application from Penn National Gaming was on the agenda for the commission's meeting Wednesday in Freehold, but the website with commission rulings was last updated on Monday. The South Jersey Times reported Thursday the commission unanimously approved the application, citing Assemblyman John Burzichelli D, Paulsboro, as a source. 

The commission held a hearing on the facility in Gloucester Township on June 20 and Penn National Gaming officials said they expected a ruling before the end of the month. The site was scheduled to open in October.

It was not immediately clear why the ruling took so long, or if the facility will still open this month.

Penn National Gaming Inc. plans to construct a 1,600-square-foot betting parlor at the former restaurant that will allow patrons to bet on horse races from around the world. The site's existing infrastructure will allow the gaming company to renovate the building in a central location and avoid building from the ground up, a company official said.

“I think it’s really a perfect match,” Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer said after testifying at the hearing in June. “They won’t have to change the footprint at all.”

Mayer said the project will help revitalize the Blackwood-Clementon Road corridor and bring up to 40 jobs to the township. He said the township will also receive 1 percent of the revenue from the facility.

Bob Kola October 25, 2013 at 08:36 AM
"... or if the facility will still open this month." With six days left in the month there is no way this place is opening in October. With renovations, hiring, and training, I would say the beginning of December, at the earliest, is when it would open. I wouldn't be surprised if it took until January.
Bob Kola October 25, 2013 at 08:44 AM
Also, I wouldn't be surprised if, within 18-months of the OTB opening, the red-light camera at Millbridge was determined to be not needed and removed. It's the one closest to the building. I can see patrons who don't live in the Township getting ticketed and then complaining to the management about it.
@xxLouA October 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM
and I can see a lot of crap added to the neighborhood as if we don't have enough around this area. Rite-Aid for one is a steady hit, assault/robbery will soar. I hope not. TWP gets 1% wonder what the higher ups get? maybe, I could get a job!!
Bea Coyle October 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM
I think they need to put Solar Panels on the ground first and then they will really belong in GT.
John Reynolds October 25, 2013 at 07:06 PM
When a town resorts to Red Light Cameras and gambling to stay afloat, it's bottoming out. Drive through Atlantic City or Vineland some night. "Mayer said the project will help revitalize the Blackwood-Clementon Road corridor." I will wager the deed to my devalued property that the Blackwood-Clementon Road corridor will not be revitalized, suburbanly-renewed, nor gentrified, in my lifetime. What crapped out suburb ever "came back"? In its better days it was just run-of-the-mill apartments and strip malls. It never had anything to attract people, like the old downtown on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. And Haddon Avenue never had the sprawling apartment complexes that now litter Blackwood-Clementon Road. What are they gonna do with La Cascata, Millbridge, and Cherrywood, clear everyone out? They tried that in Lindenwold when the apartments on Gibbsboro Road went bad, but the town got blowback from community activists.
Bob Kola October 25, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I would say that this is a last ditch effort to revitalize Blackwood-Clementon Road, but when you resort to gambling as a form of economic growth you are actually raising and waving the white flag. Other than the Boardwalk, how has the rest of Atlantic City benefited from the casinos? What problems has legalized gambling solved for Philadelphia? People are going to come in, lay down their bets, watch their races, then get back in their cars and get out of town. If the Township is lucky maybe some of them will get caught on a red-light camera. Competition syphons gamblers and lowers profits for gambling establishments. A group wants to open an OTB site in Cherry Hill at the site of the old Race Track. If you played the ponies, where would you go: Cherry Hill, surrounded by upscale stores and restaurants or Blackwood-Clementon Road in Gloucester Township surrounded by red-light cameras, fast food joints, and empty buildings?
Dawn Briggs October 25, 2013 at 11:03 PM
The traffic is already horrible on this road and I guarentee it will be worse once this is opened. I for one will do my upmost to further avoid this road at all costs for this very reason. I think the mayor and council have further killed this township and especially this area of it....great job! I hope the kick backs were worth it
Stache's Minion October 26, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Why not change the local codes so all new or renovated business have to have solar panels on the roof? Ohhhhhh hush Stache and don't give Ken Lechner any more ways to shake down businesses!
Mike Russo November 25, 2013 at 02:30 PM
They are probably not going to open in Clementon since talk has now began again about the site in Cherry Hill. It's a month since they got the ok and nothing has started yet at the Stone Grille site. Penn National may only be using this location as leverage in talks with Cherry Hill. Just a guess, but the Clementon site is still not being worked on.
Big Daddy 1 November 26, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I would like to see Off Track Betting here. We need some recreation besides food.
Mike Russo November 26, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Yes especially since the building and some others on the corridor are vacant. But I think the company now is forced to make a move in Cherry Hill and will no longer open in Clementon. They probably have this one in case they fail to get approval in Cherry Hill


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