New Bedford residents overwhelmingly approve casino proposal

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford voters have pushed forward the city’s effort to bring a casino there.

Residents overwhelmingly approved a plan to build the state’s third and final resort-style casino. KG Urban Enterprises can now move ahead with their attempt to beat out Brockton for the sole gambling license for Southeastern Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has already issued three casino licenses: MGM’s planned $800 million resort in Springfield, Wynn’s $1.7 billion resort in Everett and Penn National Gaming’s $250 million slot parlor in Plainville.

(Photo Credit: Brian Yocono/WPRI)
(Photo Credit: Brian Yocono/WPRI)

According to officials, the move on New Bedford’s waterfront would create more than 12,000 jobs for the area between its construction and operation.

The city council voted for Tuesday’s special election, which directly asked voters if they want a casino in their city.

One council member told Eyewitness News she hasn’t always supported a resort casino, but she can see the benefits.

“I think at some point, we have to say, okay, we really didn’t want the casino. We wanted to be able to have development other than the casino, but you know what, folks? It hasn’t happened,” Debora Coelho of the New Bedford City Council said.

Somerset has also expressed interest in the last available gambling license.

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