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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.

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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