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Claremont won’t file for southeastern Mass. casino license

Will instead seek partner that has already applied

Claremont Companies, which has proposed a casino on land it controls in Bridgewater, will not file an application for the southeast region resort casino license by today’s 5 p.m. deadline, and instead will try to lure a casino company that has already applied for another Massachusetts gambling license, Claremont said today.

Applicants that have already applied for one of the state’s other three licenses are exempt from today’s deadline. If those companies do not win, the southeast could offer a second chance to get into the Massachusetts market. A couple have already been eliminated from the race for other licenses, such as Rush Street Gaming, which withdrew its application for a slot parlor in Millbury, citing a lack of community support.

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The move saves Claremont the $400,000 nonrefundable application fee, but limits potential partners.

“The Claremont Companies are engaged in discussions with several major operators of entertainment resorts, and we anticipate making an announcement in the near future,” the company said in a statement. “Bordered by two major highways and isolated from residential areas, our site in Bridgewater has been identified by major operators of entertainment resorts as the best in Southeastern Massachusetts.

“We have also been meeting with Bridgewater local officials, business leaders and residents about whether an entertainment resort makes sense for Bridgewater, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Community leaders understand that Southeastern Massachusetts is getting an entertainment resort and that our site would ensure that Bridgewater reaps the benefits of that resort while minimizing the impact to the town. Claremont will leverage our ownership of a coveted site to bring Bridgewater the best economic deal from one of the country’s top operators of entertainment resorts.”

Mark Arsenault can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bostonglobemark
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