Maine Campground Possible Site For New Casino

Charlie Powers, a 20-year resident of Pine Grove Village, says the park owners have invested in upgrades and “they’re not going to give this place away.”

Backers of a proposed York County, Maine casino selected a 14.5-acre campground and mobile home park in Old Orchard Beach as a potential site for the project, if the measure is approved by statewide voters on Nov. 7.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Progress For Maine, the political action committee (PAC) backing the ballot question, identified the campground, mobile homes and about 10 single-family homes on a cluster of parcels that cover roughly 25 acres just off Interstate 195, between Orchard Park Road and Old Orchard Road. The site and a related construction budget were described in an appendix to an economic development study that the PAC unveiled in September.

However, a spokesman for the casino campaign said Thursday that the location was used only to provide a “base case” scenario to calculate the economic benefits of the casino, projected to provide more than 2,000 jobs and $45 million in annual tax revenue.

“There is no location that has been decided on and there won’t be until after a successful Nov. 7 vote, when local communities get a chance to weigh in,” said Michael Sherry of O’Neill and Associates, a Boston firm working for the campaign.

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