A casino developer is eyeing Danvers for a 24-hour slots parlor in the Liberty Tree Mall, but the proposal is already creating concerns from officials there, and amongst neighboring organizations, such as a single owned by a couple from Gloucester.
In accordance with quite a few Danvers selectmen, the proposal calls for 1,250 slot machines within the former Sports Authority place at the back in the mall, close to Old Navy. The Sports Authority has moved to a new place at the front on the mall.
Town Manager Wayne Marquis stated he received a get in touch with Jan. 10 from a casino company representative who stated Danvers is becoming deemed as being a place for a slots parlor, in conjunction with an additional undisclosed location inside the state. Marquis consulted with town counsel and also other officials, too as together with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and had a follow-up conversation with a corporation representative last Thursday, in conjunction with Town Counsel Dave DeLuca. Marquis also notified selectmen.
Marquis declined to determine the developer, but a number of selectmen confirmed that it is actually PPE Casino Resorts, an affiliate of the Cordish Firms, a Baltimore actual estate development company that has built a number of projects, including hotels and casinos.
Under the state’s complicated Gaming Act, residents would must vote to approve a slots parlor in town. The legislation also tends to make available a liquor license for the slots parlor, even if a community has maxed out about the number.
The legislation permitting casino gaming within the state calls for 3 resort casino licenses, each inside a unique area in the state: western Massachusetts, southeastern Massachusetts and Greater Boston. The law also permits a single slots parlor but doesn’t specify a area.
On Jan. 15, the state announced that it had received 11 gaming applications in the start of a two-phase process and that every single applicant had paid the nonrefundable fee of $400,000. A lot of casino applicants are talking to communities exactly where they may well be hosted, said Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the state Gaming Commission; no less than three providers, which includes.
PPE’s application does not disclose which kind of gaming license it is actually looking for, a resort casino or slots parlor, nor does it say in what area it may be eyeing a project. Investigators are reviewing the applications, and they are not public records, Driscoll stated.
Based on The Cordish Providers website, its affiliate Power Plant Entertainment LLC developed two Hard Rock-themed hotels and casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, Fla. It is also making a $500 million casino in Indianapolis and has been chosen by the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin to develop a $750 million resort casino in New York. The company opened the Maryland Live! Casino this previous June.
Spokeswoman Ashley Miller sent within a statement that stated PPE Casino Resorts is “still evaluating several excellent web-sites within the state and deciding involving the category 1 and two licenses.”
“Danvers is one of the areas they may be taking a look at,” Selectman Dan Bennett stated.
The proposal would demand a 50,000-square-foot addition for the former 47,000-square-foot place of the Sports Authority at the back from the mall, Bennett said. A spokesman for the mall’s owner declined comment.
The Gaming Commission says preliminary investigations of applicants could take up to six months, and as soon as a casino or slots parlor application passes muster, “host communities may perhaps hold their regional referendum, which can be essential in order for an applicant to submit a Phase 2 application,” Driscoll stated.
Phase 1 with the application course of action looks at an applicant’s finances and integrity, even though Phase 2 “is the site-specific strategy and is just not however essential of applicants,” Driscoll stated. The commission would prefer to award the single slots license by this fall.
One particular who’s not in favor of a brand new Liberty Tree Mall slots parlor is Rosalie Parisi of Gloucester, who, with her husband Sam, opened a second Lucky 7 arcade in the Liberty Tree Mall last July.
“What would it do? It could put us suitable out of enterprise,” Rosalie Parisi said. “They’ll be able to give out cash. We do not give out cash, we give prizes – gift certificates that send individuals to nearby enterprises and assist the local economy. They wouldn’t do that.”
The Parisis have also owned and operated Lucky 7 on Rogers Street in Gloucester for the final 6 1/2 years. Their arcades consist of 50 machines in Gloucester and another 40 in Danvers, plus the company employs extra than 10 folks, Rosalie Parisi stated.
Sam Parisi said he doesn’t believe the Liberty Tree Mall is an proper internet site for a slots casino from the scope proposed – and is confident that town officials and others will see it that way as well.
“Our customers are largely elderly men and women just trying to possess a superior time, and win some prizes,” he said. “This (slots casino) could be anything else altogether,” he added, suggesting much better locations may be at Suffolk Downs or in the sites of greyhound racing tracks in Taunton or Plainfield.
Danvers Selectman Keith Lucy said he also believes the Liberty Tree Mall may well not be an appropriate place because the mall site is so constrained.
“It’s currently bound in all directions,” Lucy said.
Bennett stated it will not make sense to locate a casino – even a slots parlor – in Danvers if one particular is approved at Suffolk Downs. Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, whose long list of partners involves Caesars Entertainment, is proposing a resort casino at the East Boston horse track. You will discover two other proposals in Greater Boston, such as one by casino developer Steve Wynn in Everett and one by Crossroads Massachusetts in Milford. Other businesses, like MGM Resorts, Tough Rock International, along with the Mohegan tribe that owns Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun, are targeting websites in Western Massachusetts.
“There are lots of questions to be decided,” stated Bennett, who said he is concerned about increased website traffic on Endicott and Obtain streets and also the probable consequence of increased insurance rates for Danvers drivers. The town’s Police Department is understaffed, and Bennett has questions about how a casino may possibly affect public safety.
Selectman Gardner Trask stated there’s not enough information and facts nevertheless to form an opinion. You’ll find inquiries about size, scope and facts on the operation that have however to become answered, he noted.