Later this week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to announce the location of a slot machine parlor. It will be the first casino license awarded by the board and a central Massachusetts city is in the running.
Cordish Gaming is proposing a $200 million, 26-acre project in Leominster. The company is competing with projects at a former greyhound track in Raynham and a harness racing facility in Plainville. Both of those projects are located in the southeastern part of the state.
Whoever wins the license will have the right to operate up to 1,250 slot machines. In Leominster, Mayor Dean Mazzarella says he thinks the gaming commission should select his city’s project because it will have the largest economic impact of the three proposals.
“In terms of jobs, unemployment rate, what communities would do with their money if they are, in fact, successful, the host agreements, all of those things point toward Leominster,” Mazzarella says.
Meanwhile, voters in Revere head to the polls Tuesday to consider a deal between the city and Mohegan Sun for a resort-casino at the Suffolk Downs Racetrack. That license will be awarded later this year