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By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@civitasmedia.com



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WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is considering moving its Scranton office.


The board currently has an office in Scranton in the Oppenheim Building, but the lease will soon expire, so the gaming board is doing its due diligence and looking around for perhaps a better deal.


“We’re just looking to see what’s out there,” said Doug Harbach, communications director for the gaming board. “Our lease is up soon so we decided to see what other options might be available.”


The deadline to submit proposals was Aug. 25.


According to a gaming board news release, it is looking to lease 3,500 usable square feet of office space in Lackawanna or Luzerne counties. Harbach said there are 10 employees working in the Scranton office, mostly investigators and technicians.


“The office handles all matters that arise in casinos in the northeast area of the state,” Harbach said.


The news release said it’s important that the space being proposed is currently unencumbered and should be in close proximity to Interstate 81, Exits 168 to 185. Parking accommodations also must be thoroughly addressed.


A report released last week showed that revenue from table games play at Pennsylvania casinos was $61.1 million in July 2014. That represented a 1.93 percent increase in revenue from table games play compared to July of 2013.


The monthly report, posted on the Gaming Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, also shows that $8.8 million in tax revenue was generated from table games in July.


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