Plainville residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to allow a slots parlor at the Plainridge Racecourse that town officials say will not only give this small community the economic boost it needs, but save harness racing in Massachusetts.
Prospects for a slots parlor and restaurant complex at the racetrack off Interstate 495 and Route 1 about 5 miles south of Gillette Stadium appeared grim in August when the state gaming commission ruled its owners unfit to hold a slots parlor license.
But Penn National Gaming made an eleventh hour move to secure an option to buy the track after failing to secure a zoning change for it’s slots parlor plans in Tewksbury. On Wednesday selectmen agreed to transfer the host agreement it had previously negotiated with Plainridge owners to Penn National. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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