Quincy Developer Proposes Horse Track, Casino In Wareham


POLICE SAY NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE ACCIDENTED. BUT THE CRASH SHUT DOWN THE RAMP FOR SEVERAL HOURS. A QUINCY DEVELOPER IS ROLLING THE DICE, PITCHING A PLAN TO BUILD A CASINO AT A HORSE RACING TRACK IN WARE HAM. HIS PROPOSAL PROMISES JOBS AND REVENUE BUT CAN IT DELIVER? BILL SHIELDS HAS THE STORY. WE’RE PROPOSING WARE HAM IN SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AT THE SITE FOR A MULTIFACETED STATE OF THE ART ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX THAT WILL BRING WORLD CLASS THOROUGHBRED RACING TO MASSACHUSETTS. THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE IN MIND, A HORSE TRACK AND SMALL CASINO RIGHT HERE AT AN OLD SAND QUARRY IN WARE HAM. BUT HORSE RACING IN A STATE WHERE IT’S ON ITS LAST LAP. NO INSULT TO MY FATHER WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE. BUT IT’S NOT YOUR FATHER’S RACETRACK. WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO CREATE A NEW THOROUGH BREAD RACETRACK KIND OF FOR THE FUTURE. AND THE CASINO WOULD BE LINKED TO THE HORSES. MOSTLY SLOT PARLORS AT THE CASINO. A CATEGORY 2 IS WHAT THE GAMING COMMISSION CALLS IT. FOR THE STATE’S HORSE PEOPLE THOUGH, IT WOULD MEAN NEW LIFE. WHEN I RETIRE, I CAN RACE MY HORSES. CLOSE BY AND NEAR MY HOUSE. THE SITE THEY’VE SELECTED IS OFF OF GLEN CHARLIE ROAD IN WARE HAM. WHICH IS ZONED RESIDENTIAL. BUT THE DOWN PLANNER SAYS IT MIGHT WORK. THE QUESTION IS WHAT ARE THOSE IMPACTS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT THAT TAKE PLACE? IS IT THE NOISE? IS IT THE TRAFFIC? OF ALL THE HURDLES THEY HAVE TO OVERCOME TO HAVE A IF SILTY BUILT HERE. — FACILITY BUILT HERE, THE BIGGEST IS TO CONVINCE THE LEGISLATURE TO TWEAK THE GAMING COMMISSION RULES ALLOWING A SMALL ERICA SINO TO BE BUILT HERE. — SMALLER, CASINO BUILT HERE. CAN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS AFFORD ANOTHER CASINO OR SLOTS PARLOR. SINCE ENCORE OPENED THE REVENUES AT OTHER CASINOS ARE DOWN. THE WORST MONTH FOR SPRINGFIELD’S MGM WAS IN JUNE.

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