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Foxwoods confirms interest in Fall River casino

FALL RIVER — Foxwoods and city officials this morning confirmed the gambling company’s interest in developing a $750 million resort somewhere in Fall River, and put out the call for landowners of large parcels to consider selling them for the development.

Mayor Will Flanagan this morning announced the formation of a committee that will help the gambling giant identify parcels of 30 to 70 acres within the city.

Flanagan said he hopes to have a site identified within 30 days. Foxwoods would then buy or secure an option to buy the land, while the city negotiated a host agreement with the casino developer. A citywide vote on the project would follow, probably in the spring.

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Foxwoods intends to apply for the sole Southeastern Massachusetts resort casino license.

Flanagan said Monday that the project could bring more than 3,000 jobs to the struggling community.

He has also said previously that Fall River would be an excellent place for a resort casino due to its proximity to two state capitals, Boston and Providence, as well as two busy airports, Logan International and T.F. Green, the Globe reports today.

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