"The plans are being put together now," said Philadelphia Park CEO Hal Handel in Monday's Philadelphia Daily News. "We are considering a five-eighths-of-a-mile track with a 6-furlong chute. There would be hotel and convention space."
The name of the proposed track would be Seaport Park, and Greenwood has retained architects Ewing-Cole to draw up plans for the track.
Joseph Lashinger, a former legislator who went on to work in an executive capacity for Penn National Gaming, which owns Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., wants to build a harness track at the same site. Chester Downs and Marina would include a simulcasting facility and restaurant.
Lashinger applied to the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission for a license and said live racing would initially be held for only 25 days. The $21-million facility could be fully operational by the spring of 2004, he said.