Nutting offers case for casino mitigation

Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting told members of the state Gaming Commission last week that while the proposed slots parlor at Plainridge Racecourse would be “wonderful for Plainville,” he wants to make sure the facility would not compromise businesses in Franklin. Nutting stated his case for Franklin to be considered a surrounding community, a designation that would make the town eligible to negotiate for mitigation from the project’s developers. He noted that Franklin is just 6 miles from the track at Route 1 and Interstate 495. “I just hope the benefits for Plainville don’t adversely affect Franklin,” he said. For example, Nutting said, the town receives approximately $500,000 in hotel taxes annually, and he is concerned the revenue would be diminished if Penn National Gaming’s plans to install 1,250 slot machines at Plainridge are approved by the commission. Penn National and Plainridge are completing with proposals at Raynham Park and in Leominster for the single slots-parlor license to be granted in the state. The Gaming Commission is expected to make its decision Jan. 9.