11/15/2013 12:34PM

Suffolk Downs aims for casino on land in Revere


Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts will seek to open a casino on the portion of its property that is located in a township that approved the project despite the rejection of the proposal by a neighboring town, the track said in a letter to state gambling regulators.

William J. Mulrow, chairman of the track, said in the letter that Suffolk planned to submit a new proposal for the casino project that would place the entire development on the 52 acres of the track that is located in Revere, whose voters approved the proposal Nov. 4. That same day, voters in East Boston, where 100 acres of the track are located, rejected the casino project.

“We are excited about Revere’s positive land use vote and that municipality’s enthusiastic embrace of our vision for development,” Mulrow wrote in the letter. He said that Suffolk plans to submit its new plan to the gambling commission by the end of November. The deadline is Dec. 31.

Suffolk’s casino plans suffered its first major setback three weeks before the two local referendums when its partner, Caesars Entertainment, pulled out of the project after the state gambling commission indicated that it would not award a license to the company. Mulrow said in his letter that Suffolk has received “strong interest in potential partnerships from a number of top-class gaming companies” and that the track is “aiming to enter into an agreement with a new gaming partner” by the end of November.

Suffolk is competing with two other companies for the sole casino license that is authorized for the Boston area. The track’s project was considered a front-runner for the license prior to the pullout by Caesars.