Slots commission to hear about temp Arundel site
The panel that issues licenses for slot-machine parlors anticipates hearing next month from developer David Cordish about a temporary facility he'd like to get up and running in Anne Arundel County.
Don Fry, chairman of the Video Lottery Terminal Location Commission, said this afternoon that Cordish will likely pitch his proposal at the panel's Dec. 13 meeting in Annapolis.
This month, the county's voters approved zoning for a casino at Arundel Mills Mall. A year ago, the commission awarded Cordish a license for 4,750 slots terminals, which would be the largest and most lucrative of the five possible sites in Maryland.
At the commission meeting this afternoon, Fry expressed an eagerness to get the Arundel gaming location moving. "I hope we're to the point where there are no further delays," he said. The site has "gone through considerable scrutiny."
The commission also got a recap of a second failed attempt to attract bidders for a slots facility at Rocky Gap resort in Western Maryland. Although five groups had shown varying levels of interest, according to the commission, no one submitted a bid by the Nov. 9 deadline.
Sun colleague Nicole Fuller wrote this weekend about what the Maryland General Assembly might do to lure an operator to that site and to resurrect plans for a large casino in Baltimore. Options include reducing the state's share of slots profits at specific sites and allowing a company to run more than one casino in the state, something that is currently prohibited.
Maryland voters approved slot-machine gambling two years ago, but just one casino, in Cecil County, has opened. An Eastern Shore parlor could be open soon after the New Year.
"We're six years behind the times here in Maryland," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said in the story.