'Don't waste our time,' SRB says to those unhappy with slots offer
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed reports this morning that some potential bidders for Baltimore's casino believe the deal assembled by the state and city would make it nearly impossible to turn a profit.
"The ones who are complaining [about the deal], I hope they don't waste our time and submit a bid," said Rawlings-Blake, adding that she did not wish to repeat the problems the city encountered last time they attempted to find a slots operator.
That bidder, Baltimore City Entertainment Group, headed by Canadian developer Michael Moldenhauer, is in Baltimore City Circuit Court today for a hearing on their second appeal to overturn the slots commission's ruling to not issue them a slots license. BCEG was the only group that bid on the casino when the state slots commission last sought proposals in 2009.
Rawlings-Blake said she was confident that the deal negotiated by state slots officials and her economic development team could "attract capable, strong companies."
The city has received "a lot of good feedback" on the deal, although it may not exactly suit the wishes of all companies, she said.
"Many potential bidders wish they could create the [request for proposals for the casino] themselves," she said.