By Dustin Luca
---- — Penn National Gaming, a Pennsylvania-based company that made headlines last August with a slots proposal just over the Andover town line in Tewksbury, has been given an exclusive license to open a slots parlor in Plainville.
The state Gaming Commission voted unanimously last week to award Penn National the state’s only slots parlor license.
With the license in hand, Penn is now able to build its slots-only parlor, known in host town Plainville as the Plainridge Park Casino, according to Elaine Driscoll, director of communications for the Gaming Commission.
Tewksbury residents last summer rejected a zoning proposal to allow a casino to be built a stone’s throw from the west Andover town line off Route 133. Several Andover residents banded with slots opponents in Tewksbury to help lobby against Penn’s proposal.
After being turned down in Tewksbury, Penn National took its pitch to Plainville, located in southeastern Massachusetts on the Rhode Island border, in hopes of the positive outcome that has now resulted.