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Leominster Approves Slot Gambling Plan

Three Slot Parlor Proposals Now Go To State Commission

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Leominster City HallThe town of Leominster approved a company’s proposal to build a brand new, state-of-the-art slots parlor there. Only one such facility is allowed to be built in Massachusetts after a 2011 bill was passed and signed into law by the governor. Three towns are competing for such a development.

The vote in Leominster was 5,235 to 3,306, according to The Boston Globe.

The plan calls for a $200 million complex containing the usual: gambling, dining and entertainment. It would be located near the junction of Route 117 and Interstate 190, for those familiar with Massachusetts.

“We are thrilled that the residents of Leominster have given us their support for this project,” the developer, Cordish Cos., said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella and the whole community to create a true regional destination.”

Leominster will compete with proposals in Plainville and Raynham for authorization to build. The state gambling commission has the final say, and that decision could come this year.

The latter towns have already approved their respective proposals.

Under the law, the new slot parlor is limited to 1,250 gambling machines. A large cut of 49 percent of gambling revenue will go back to the state in the form of taxes.

The 2011 bill also allowed for three resort-style casinos to be built in the state. Competition for those licenses is also playing out with firms like Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts.