The Chairman of the governing board at Penn State University says the school will not weigh in on the development of a new casino near campus.
In July, litigation postponed the construction of a proposed $120 million casino at the Nittany Mall, a six-minute drive from the college.
What the university is saying
Chairman Matthew Schuyler said trustees have received over 200 public comments about the casino. However, Schuyler said the university is not involved in deciding whether it moves forward.
“Understanding the unique and important role the university plays in the local community, we appreciate that residents are voicing their diverse opinions on this topic,” Schuyler said.
“The proposed casino is planned for a property in College Township, but it is otherwise not associated with Penn State University. Decisions regarding whether a casino can be opened are made by local municipalities and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and there are mechanisms in place for individuals to share their opposition to or support of this private endeavor with these decision-making entities.”
Proposed Nittany Mall casino
In 2020, investor and former Penn State trustee Ira Lubert was the highest bidder during Pennsylvania’s satellite casino auction.
Lubert outbid the Cordish group during the 2020 auction after he offered $10,000,101 for the license. Plans for the category-4 satellite casino included 750 slot machines and 30 table games.
“The Board of Trustees does not have a stance on this project, nor does the board have the means to support or stop the development of a private, legal operation that has been approved by local and state officials,” Schuyler said.
“The board remains focused on helping the university and its students continue with teaching, research, outreach missions and supporting the goals and safety of Penn State students, faculty and staff.”
A local impact study projected the casino would generate roughly $1.6 million in tax revenue for the College Township. Additionally, the casino would create about 400 full-time jobs.