A 2 p.m. groundbreaking has been set for Friday, March 14, 2014 for the $225 million Plainridge Park Casino at the former Plainridge Racecourse on Washington Street in Plainville. Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: Penn) was awarded the gaming license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission last month. The Pennsylvania-based company sent invitations to the commission, state legislators, leaders of the harness racing industry, town officials and community leaders in Plainville and the surrounding communities of North Attleboro, Wrentham, Foxboro, and Mansfield. Invitations also have gone to local businesses, labor organizations and non-profit organizations among others.
Plainridge Park Casino will include a 106,000-square-foot racing and gambling facility featuring live harness racing and simulcasting with 1,250 slot machines, a restaurant, the first-ever Doug Flutie Sports Bar, food court, banquet room, entertainment lounge and casino bar, 1,620 structured and surface parking spaces, a 26,000-square-foot grandstand with box and reserved seats, and a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse with box seats.
Construction of the campus is expected to bring about 1,000 construction jobs and 500 new permanent jobs once completed, Penn National said.
Source: Boston Business Journal