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Mall Possible Site for Slots Parlor by Baltimore Developer

One of the three applicants for a slot parlor in the state is looking at Liberty Tree Mall, several town officials have told the Boston Globe.

One of the last-minute submissions for a slots parlor in the state before last week's application deadline could be looking to build it at Liberty Tree Mall, the Boston Globe reported on Monday.

The plan calls for 1,200 slots in a 50,000-square-foot complex that would be open 24 hours a day, according to the Globe's coverage.

PPE Casino Resorts is one of three applicants for the state's lone slot parlor license and the last - and least known - of the three applicants. The other two applications are for locations on the South Coast.

While the three locations for resort casinos are constrained by the three regions set out in the 2011 casino legislation, the one slots parlor can be located anywhere, Steve Crosby, chairman of the state Gaming Commission said in a speech at Danversport Yacht Club last year.

The company wants to build the parlor on the rear of the mall, where the Marshalls and food court are located, the Globe reported.

Also in that area of the mall is a vacant former Sports Authority store.

Sports Authority moved in October from the rear of the mall to near the front of the mall. The former space has been empty since then.

What do you think? Is the Liberty Tree Mall a good place for a slots parlor? Let us know in the comments.

kathleen January 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Will company provide funding for increasing number of danvers policeofficers? If so and it is a huge increase in their presence then okay with it.
Helen Gray January 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Every season the town has water restrictions. This would add to the problem as would increase in electricity, road use, DPW, Police and fire budget cost. This is a hands down NO!!!! Not in my neighborhood.
Jared Robinson January 22, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Dirt mall gets more dirt.
Alexandra Siwek January 22, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Terrible idea. Gambling is a ban idea. Let the people who like it go to Mohegan Sun if they want, Gambling is a plague,
Dennis Bourgault January 22, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Just say "NO!" Absolutely not. The Selectmen better act fast to squash this. Ban it from the town. Gambling is a sickness that is about to spread all over the Commonwealth and we will all pay the price as people lose everything -- jobs, families..., end up on welfare, food stamps, etc. You want to add on to Liberty Tree Mall? How about building some affordable housing? Apartments? Condos? Maybe some green space? Parks? Indoor water park? Something positive to bring people together.
Don Hammond January 22, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Too close to residential zoning in an already overrun part of town as it is. Placing it here would be open season for theft at the mall and neighboring areas. Not against gambling but this is not even close to suitable
Dan Kennedy January 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Good comments. A slots parlor would have a terrible effect on the town. I hope town officials do everything in their power to stop this.
Paul Czajak January 23, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Horrible, horrible horrible idea! This is the wrong direction this town needs to go in. If this is allowed I will quickly sell and move as far away from this town as I can get!
Dan Kennedy January 23, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Paul, as my wife said: "That's it! We're moving!"
Buddy January 23, 2013 at 09:28 AM
I think it would be nice to have some stuff open 24 hours in Mass, for people who like to go out after 10pm. They probably think Danvers is just a good location for businesses. But yeah maybe its not the best town for this idk.
kathy January 23, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Not a good location. Too congested already in that area. Slots only parlor attracts hard core gamblers only since there is no entertainment. If they really want something like this look to areas on 95.
Ddd January 29, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Most of you need to get a "little" more educated. Have any of you thought about the MILLIONS this would bring into YOUR town?? And, whens the last time you heard of someone stealing at a casino and getting away with it? The security in "any" gaming facility is top notch. To all that think people who gamble have a "plague", who the heck are you to tell ANYONE what they can or can not do with their OWN money. So, I guess we better not see a drink in "your" hand EVER! And if your more then 10lbs overweight, then NO fries for you either, or your kids. (get the point) Keep in mind folks, about 49% of revenue goes to Danvers & the state. HUGE increases for the town of danvers never mind all the businesses that would benifit. Of course, you can always vote for a huge tax increase for yourselves, then the town can give back to you what you need & want...in time. Get all the facts first as I am and will continue to. Isn't that why we had to go to school?? TO LEARN.
Chris Tinkham January 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I for one would go spend a couple of quarters in a slot parlor, however not one located at the liberty tree mall. There are plenty of other places to build one of those and if you really want to bring money into Danvers, then build it up by The Comfort in or someplace on Route 1. Not in a quiet residential neighborhood. That's only going to wreck havoc. I hear the phrase, there goes the neighborhood happening more often if this does come to be.

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