New Bedford voters to decide on $650M casino proposal

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — New Bedford residents will vote on a proposed $650 million Foxwoods resort casino for the city’s waterfront.

A development group that includes former Foxwoods CEO Scott Butera wants to build a glitzy resort on the site of a former power plant.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. Voter approval is critical for the plan to advance in the competition for the state’s third and final resort casino license.

The plan by KG Urban Enterprises is competing with one proposed by Mass Gaming & Entertainment for the Brockton Fairgrounds that’s already received voter approval.

Massachusetts’ casino industry kicks off Wednesday with the opening of Plainridge Park, a slots parlor in Plainville

MGM and Wynn have state licenses to build casinos in Springfield and the Boston area.