O'Malley "surprised" by Arundel Mills slots bid
Appearing on the Dan Rodricks show on WYPR, Gov. Martin O'Malley was asked today if he was surprised by the Cordish Cos. bid to build a slots and entertainment complex at Arundel Mills Mall.
“Sure, I was taken by surprise,” O'Malley said. “I was even more surprised…that Magna couldn’t come up with the good faith money" required as a slots license fee.
“It's a tough time to sell a house; it's a tough time to sell a car, and it’s a tough time to sell a slots license,” O'Malley said.
While Magna-owned Laurel Park had been considered a front-runner for a slots facility, the company has filed for bankruptcy, and Arundel Mills Mall now appears to be the favored location. But many residential neighbors of the mall oppose the plan, and the Anne Arundel county council faces a difficult decision on whether to adopt a zoning change to allow the complex.