Just one developer meets Southeastern Mass. casino application deadline

Only one developer submitted the non-refundable $400,000 application fee for the Southeastern Massachusetts casino license before Monday’s deadline, though the field of competitions is far from final.

As expected, KG Urban, which wants to build a casino in New Bedford, met the application deadline, according to the state gambling commission.

But KG could still face competition from casino companies currently battling for a license in one of the state’s other two regions, or in the contest for the state’s sole slot parlor license. Those competitors were exempt from Monday’s deadline and will be able to compete in the southeast without paying another application fee, if they fail to win the licenses they are currently seeking.

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A landowner in Bridgewater, Claremont Companies, said Monday in a statement that it is in discussions with a “several major operators of entertainment resorts,” and anticipates making an announcement in the near future.

Available gambling companies that applied for one of the state’s other licenses but have already been eliminated include Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming.