Worcester residents speak out on slots parlor


WORCESTER (AP) -- Residents and business owners in a Worcester neighborhood that has been proposed as the home of the state's only slots parlor appear largely opposed to the project.

More than 100 people gathered Monday at a public meeting before a City Council joint subcommittee.

Mass Gaming & Entertainment LLC has said it wants to build a $240 million "destination gaming facility" at the vacant 14-acre Wyman-Gordon industrial property.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that one resident said the neighborhood needs a bank, supermarket and pharmacy, not a gambling facility.

Others worried about increased traffic, crime, prostitution, and the siphoning of business away from neighborhood companies.

But supporters say a slots parlor would provide hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://bit.ly/11NCyY6


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