WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Worcester's police chief says the area of the city where developers have proposed building a slots parlor is not suitable because of existing traffic and crime problems.
Gary Gemme wrote in a report to City Manager Michael O'Brien that the site is a "densely populated, urban neighborhood with considerable challenges."
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/YzFxVc ) obtained a copy of the report dated April 29. Gemme on Sunday confirmed its authenticity.
A developer has proposed a slots parlor at the vacant 14-acre Wyman-Gordon industrial property.
Gemme says a significant financial commitment is needed to fund additional law enforcement presence in the area should a slots parlor be built. He estimated it would cost nearly $2.4 million per year.
He says he is concerned about additional traffic, prostitution, drug dealing and pan handling.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com