Straban Township, Pennsylvania

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Straban Township is a township in Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,539 at the 2000 census.

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History

Founding

Straban Township was created in 1746 when this area was still part of Lancaster County. Named for Strabane, a town in Northern Ireland, this spelling was in use as late as the 1870s. For the most part the original boundaries remain unchanged to this day. York County was formed out of Lancaster County in 1749, and for the next 51 years Straban Township was a part of York County, until Adams County was formed in 1800.

Casino proposal

During 2006 there was debate about the proposed construction of a casino in Straban Township near the intersection of U.S. Route 15 and U.S. Route 30, not far from the East Cavalry Field battle site. Legislation enacted in 2005 known as "Act 71" permitted up to 60,000 slot machines to be located in casinos throughout the state in an effort to offset high property taxes. One of two available casino licenses was pursued by Chance Enterprises Inc. and Millennium Management Group for their proposed "Crossroads Gaming Resort & Spa". Many of the residents of Gettysburg (the closest incoprorated city/town/borough) and tourists believed that a casino near Gettysburg and the resulting increase in traffic would have had a negative impact on Gettysburg's hallowed ground. A group called "No Casino Gettysburg," made up of local citizens as well as students and faculty of Gettysburg College, was formed to lobby against the proposal. On April 3, 2006, the Gettysburg borough council voted by 6–3 to support the proposal.[1]

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) began hearings on the proposal on April 5, 2006, at Gettysburg College. A second hearing was held on April 7, 2006 in Harrisburg and a third and final hearing occurred on May 17, 2006 at Gettysburg College.[1] On August 23, 2006, the board announced that it intended to reach a final decision on the casino proposal by December 20, 2006.[2] On that date, the PGCB opted not to award Crossroads a casino license, effectively killing the proposal. Crossroads' president soon announced that he will not appeal the decision (Gettysburg Times, December 22, 2006). In February 2007, the activist group, No Casino Gettysburg, disbanded.

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