February 7, 2013

State reissues permit for Oxford Casino expansion

Casino developers want to expand the gambling facility, and add parking, restaurants, a spa, a pool, a conference center, an RV Park and a skating rink.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — The state Department of Environmental Protection has reissued a construction permit to the Oxford Casino, six months after a Kennebec County Superior Court found that the state had violated its own permitting rules in granting a permit in 2011.

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The Oxford Casino is seen Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Oxford, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

AP

The Androscoggin River Alliance and several abutters argued that the state was required to consider all three phases of the proposed casino project when issuing the permit, but only considered Phase I — the 65,000-square-foot casino and parking lot.

The court agreed.

The Sun Journal reports that the newly reviewed land use and construction permit was signed by DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho on Tuesday.

Casino developers want to expand the gambling facility, and add parking, restaurants, a spa, a pool, a conference center, an RV Park and a skating rink.

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