Video Lottery Facility Location Commission to Conduct Site Visit and Public Hearing on Baltimore City Slots Proposal on August 26

Maryland’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will conduct a site visit and hold a public hearing for the Baltimore City video lottery facility operation license proposal on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Commission announced today. This will be the third of the Commission’s site visits and public hearings, following site visits to Worcester County and Cecil County earlier this summer. The Commission will conduct its final site visit and hearing for the Anne Arundel County proposal on September 9th.

“The purpose of each of the site visits and public hearings is to get a sense from the applicants of the size and scope of the proposed facilities and to receive public input from residents of the communities surrounding the proposed facility about the potential positive and negative impacts,” said Commission Chairman Donald C. Fry. “In Baltimore City, the Commissioners will be interested in hearing about where the facility will actually be located and when the applicant will submit the initial license fee as required by law for the Commission to consider the proposal for the additional 3250 machines they apparently plan to have in the facility. The commission will also be interested in the community and infrastructure issues related to the proposed facility, particularly as they relate to transportation.”
On August 26, the Commission’s schedule will be as follows:
1:30 p.m. – Tour of the proposed facility location, 1411 Warner Street (Park/meet at the lot located at the corner of Warner and Stockholm Streets, off Russell Street, south of M&T Bank Stadium)
2:30 p.m. – Commission meeting
3:00 p.m. – Applicant presentation
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Public hearing

The Commission meeting, applicant presentation, and public hearing will be held at the State Lottery Headquarters at Montgomery Park (1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 330) in Baltimore City.

Individuals interested in speaking to the Commission are encouraged to sign up to testify before the hearing by calling Maureen Merzlak of the Department of Legislative Services at 410-946-5530 or 301-970-5530. Witness sign-up sheets will also be available at the hearing location by 1:30 p.m. the day of the hearing. At the discretion of the Chairman, individual testimony may be limited to five minutes or less. Speakers should submit 20 copies of any written testimony to the Commission’s staff no later than 2:00 p.m. the day of the hearing. Individuals who would like to testify, but are unable to attend the public hearing, may submit written testimony to Chairman Donald C. Fry, Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, Room 214, Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401.