City Council has unanimously approved a zoning bill to allow Foxwoods Casino to be built in the old Strawbridge & Clothier building at Eighth and Market streets.

The zoning approval is an important step for the partnshership behind Foxwoods to transfer its planned slots parlor from the Delaware waterfront in South Philadelphia to Center City, but by no means the last.

Foxwoods still must ask the state Gaming Control Board for permission to transfer its license to the Strawbridge site.

City Councilman Frank DiCicco noted that Foxwoods must also receive approval for a plan of development from the city Planning Commission, and work out a lease with its landlord with at least one of the owners involved in the buidling opposing it.

"Shame on you" a half-dozen protesters shouted as DiCicco spoke. Some residents of nieghboring Chinatown and antiaicasino activists remain opposed to the move.

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