REVERE — The City Council Monday night unanimously approved a resolution reiterating its support for a casino to be built on the Revere side of Suffolk Downs.
At the same time, the council also affirmed its support for the Nov. 5 referendum where Revere residents voted to support the plan, by a count of 61 percent to 39 percent.
The resolution called the referendum a “land use vote,” indicating residents were aware that the Revere side of the Suffolk Downs property could be developed. Passed on a roll call vote of 9-to-0, with two councilors absent, the resolution came after the Revere council held a public hearing on zoning changes required for the development to be built.
The zoning change would align the city’s zoning definition of gaming with the state definition. It would also increase building heights from the current 140 feet to 180. Setbacks would also be relaxed to 50 feet from the current 100 feet. In addition, Suffolk Downs is seeking relief from minimum parking requirements.
The council chambers were jammed Monday with a standing-room-only crowd that was made up mostly of supporters, including representatives of the building trades.
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