Construction is set to begin in Plainville on the first major gambling facility in Massachusetts.
The company that was awarded a license for the state’s first and only slots parlor says it is ready to start construction on the facility.
The state’s first licensed slot parlor is eyeing next spring for a possible opening.
The state gaming commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer the slots parlor license, with conditions, to Penn National Gaming, which plans to operate the facility at the Plainridge harness racetrack.
Gambling regulators opened deliberations Tuesday on the state’s first and only slots parlor license, with proposals in Plainville and Leominster appearing to gain an early edge over Raynham Park.
The state’s gambling commission plans visits to the three communities that could play host to the first slots parlor in Massachusetts.
When Massachusetts lawmakers legalized casino gambling, they took pains to ensure that casinos would not be built in places where they weren’t wanted or operated by the ethically challenged.
Voters in Plainville are deciding whether to move forward with a proposed slots parlor at the state’s only harness race track.
After being stalled on Beacon Hill for months, a casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe may finally be inching forward.
Four people were rushed to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 495.