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