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August 13, 2013

Mass Gaming Unveils Millbury Slots Plan

Courtesy An artist's rendering shows the slots parlor project proposed for Millbury.

Six weeks before a townwide voter referendum that will either kill or push their plan to the next level, representatives from Mass Gaming & Entertainment LLC (MGE) presented their plans for a $200-million slots parlor in Millbury Monday evening, saying the project would improve traffic in the area.

MGE, a subsidiary of Chicago-based casino developer Rush Street Gaming, unveiled its plans for the McCracken Road development at a Planning Board meeting at Millbury High School.

MGE’s traffic consultant and architect said the project would bring public transportation to the site and that pedestrian and bicycle access along McCracken Road and the Blackstone Valley bike path would be optimized. 

Proposed traffic improvements include adding lanes and improving signal operation at the interchange of Route 146, and MGE said it would work with the state Department of Transportation to expedite any road improvement initiatives. Patrons of the slots parlor would be restricted in how they exit so the impact on local roadways would be reduced and a traffic protocol would be developed to address traffic concerns from other sources, such as the neighboring Shoppes and at Blackstone Valley mall, during particular times of the year, like as the holiday season.

MGE also discussed the architecture of the slots parlor, which it has said will bring 400 permanent jobs to the town, saying its design will incorporate elements of Millbury architecture and that it will have a brick façade and tower on top of the facility. MGE said the facility will have windows, incorporating natural light, as well as outdoor patios. The developer will seek LEED Gold certification in using environmentally sustainable building practices and materials.

“We build our casinos with a high quality standard, and design them to blend into and complement the surrounding community,” said MGE President Greg Carlin. “We invest in our projects with the goal of enhancing the surrounding neighborhood and the community at large.  In this case we are paying particularly close attention to the needed traffic improvements and are confident that we can improve the traffic conditions over current conditions.”

Voters in Millbury will go to the polls Sept. 24 to determine whether MGE can take the next step and submit a final proposal to the state’s gaming commission. On the same day, Leominster voters will also decide whether its city should get the state’s only slots parlor. Voters in Raynham are voting today, followed Sept. 21 by Tewksbury voters. Plainville fell out of the running last week when the gaming commission deemed its potential developers unqualified. The deadline for final proposals to be submitted to the state is Oct. 4.

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