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First Slots Deadline Coming on Monday

The state Gaming Commission has set Monday as the deadline for all companies to decide whether it is seeking a resort casino license or slots parlor license.

Monday is the first hard deadline for The Cordish Companies and its subsidiary PPE Casino Resorts MA - the company that has been eyeing Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers for a possible slots parlor.

The deadline was set just last Monday. It applies to both PPE Casino Resort and Rush Street Gaming, two of the 11 applicants that have not said whether they seek a resort casino license or slots license.

Cordish and its PPE subsidiary have been considering a plan for a 100,000-square-foot, 1,250 slots complex that would be built at Liberty Tree Mall. Not many other details have emerged about the plan.

WWLP-TV in Springfield reports that the other location being eyed by Cordish is Chicopee, where the company is interested in a riverfront mill area.

Previously, Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis told the Danvers Board of Selectmen that Cordish officials told him that the company was looking at other possible location not on the North Shore.

The Monday deadline is important because, in the rare instance that Cordish and PPE tells state officials it is seeking a resort casino - and not a slots parlor license - it would appear it would likely mean the end of the Danvers plan. But based on information provided to Danvers town leaders by company officials, it seems clear that the company is working on a lots plan.

The company opened a slots parlor as part of the Arundel Mall, just outside Baltimore, Maryland, last year.

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