A Canadian company announced Wednesday that it will not pursue a slots parlor license in Littleton, where residents had reacted with outrage at the idea of a gambling facility in their small town along Interstate 495.
Clairvest, a Canadian private equity firm, said it would continue to evaluate opportunities for a license elsewhere in the state but it did not specify any locations.
The company had been eyeing a site at The Point, a new development at I-495 and Great Road, but did not file a formal application with the state.
Residents said more than 600 people had joined a Facebook group created last month after news broke that a slots parlor was under discussion. Most postings were against the idea, residents said.
“I simply don’t see -- in a town dotted with farms and kid-centered activities -- a behemoth development, 1,250 slot machines, being anything positive,” resident Jenna Brownson, said in an interview Wednesday before the company announced it was pulling out. “It seems to me there’s a great amount of disdain for this idea. My hope is that Clairvest has heard from enough Littleton residents to say, ‘You know, we’ll go to somewhere else.’”
The state’s 2011 gaming law authorizes up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor.
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