Leominster voters strongly endorsed a gambling proposal from Cordish Cos. on Tuesday, completing the field of contestants for the state’s only slot parlor license.
By a vote of 5,235 to 3,306, residents in the north-central Massachusetts city approved a plan by the Baltimore developer to build a $200 million gambling, dining, and entertainment hall near the junction of Route 117 and Interstate 190.
“We are thrilled that the residents of Leominster have given us their support for this project,” Joe Weinberg, a managing partner at Cordish, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella and the whole community to create a true regional destination.”
The resounding vote in Leominster, with 61 percent supporting the project, was the last public referendum in the statewide competition for the slots license, marking a milestone in the development of the fledgling Massachusetts casino industry.
Three applicants are expected to move on to the final stage of the slots competition, which will include public presentations before the five-member state gambling commission.
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