Maryland Slots Commission Reviews Slots Plan in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County

A 1,500 slot machine casino facility in Cecil County has received the approval of a state committee and could open to the public within a year. But state slot machine decision makers expressed their frustration and impatience with two other planned slots facilities in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County, demanding immediate action within two months.

Penn Cecil Maryland Incorporated, a gaming venture led by Penn National Gaming Incorporated, is constructing a $78 million slots facility in Perryville. It is estimated to employ 320 individuals and produce $170 million in total revenue by 2015. The slots parlor is the second one to receive approval in Maryland.

The Maryland Video Lottery Terminal Location Commission gave Ocean Downs racing track owner William Rickman the go signal last month to install six hundred slot machines at that location by Memorial Day. Proposals for slots parlors in Baltimore City and at Arundel Mills Mall, however, are still hanging in limbo.

Baltimore City Entertainment Group, which has proposed a 3,750 slot machine facility near MandT Bank Stadium, still needs to inform the state commission with its most recent plans regarding the project. Their original slots proposal called for just five hundred slot machines. The development team had been waiting to finalize a land-lease deal with the city before updating their slots plan and that agreement came at the Board of Estimates meeting on October 21st, 2009.

A slots parlor planned by Baltimore developer the Cordish Co. at the Arundel Mills Mall waits the zoning approval of Anne Arundel County. The county council introduced a bill on October 20th, 2009 to permit slot machines at the Hanover mall. But another bill is expected to be introduced that would block slot machines at that location.

Commission chairman Donald C. Fry, also the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Baltimore Committee, urged local governments and development teams working in both slot proposals to finalize them by the commission's December 17th, 2009 meeting.

The commission stopped short of declaring any kind of ultimatum but said that it may write an official letter to declare its position. The Baltimore Board of Estimates also approved a land lease for a slots facility near MandT Bank stadium. The next step is for the slots parlor developers, Baltimore City Entertainment Group to update the state slots commission about the changes to its slots plan.