Pros and anti’s square off over Gettysburg casino proposal
By Angela Couloumbis
Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
GETTYSBURG – The developer of a proposed casino Tuesday called this historic community the “last untapped gaming marketplace” in Pennsylvania and contended that his casino would rejuvenate the area’s recession-ravaged economy while respecting its rich history and tradition.
David LeVan, a onetime Conrail chairman who wants to develop the casino a half-mile from Gettysburg National Military Park, told state gaming officials at a packed hearing that his $75 million Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino would lure new jobs, more tourists, and much-needed tax revenue.
He also said it would not affect the 6,000-acre park, one of the nation’s first hallowed grounds, where 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought a bloody battle over three days in the summer of 1863 that helped seal the outcome of the Civil War.