Hundreds Gather to Discuss Locations for Md. Casino

By Tracee Wilkins
|  Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 6:04 PM EDT
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One of the largest proposals for a new casino in Maryland isn't popular with some residents in Fort Washington. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins has more on the plans.

Tracee Wilkins

One of the largest proposals for a new casino in Maryland isn't popular with some residents in Fort Washington. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins has more on the plans.

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More than 200 people gathered Wednesday evening for a community meeting discussing three proposed sites for a casino in Prince George's County.

The three proposed sites are at National Harbor, Rose Croft Raceway and Indian Head Highway. Parx Casinos in Pennsylvania has submitted the largest proposal, $700 million, at Indian Head Highway. MGM is sponsoring hte National Harbor location, and Penn National, which already owns the raceway, wants to expand to include a casino.

"We'll be looking at all three," chairman of the casino location commission Donald Fry said. "There have been no perceived award or decisions on the matter."

The decision will reportedly be based 70 percent on business and market factors, 15 percent on economic development and 15 percent on location factors, including existing infrastructure.

"National Harbor would make the most sense because at least there is some infrastructure there," resident Deidre Boone said.

All of the residents News4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins spoke with said they hope the Indian Head Highway site is nixed.

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