$650 million casino proposal put to referendum

By The Associated Press


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) _ New Bedford City Council has voted to order a referendum on a $650 million casino, hotel and conference center development proposed for the city’s waterfront.

Following the announcement of the council vote Thursday night, councilors urged residents to come out to the polls.

Councilor Linda Morad says she hopes “the apathy” the city has seen in previous elections doesn’t occur June 23, the date of New Bedford’s special election.

New York-based developer KG Urban Enterprises faces a May 4 deadline to secure sufficient equity investment in the project, as part of its application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. If voters reject the proposal, KG Urban would be unable to ask the city for a new election for six months.

(C) The Associated Press 2015