A $60 million proposal to construct a thoroughbred horse racing monitor in Rowley has already kicked up commotion and sparked a race: A race to get inside Town Hall.
So many individuals confirmed up at a Board of Selectmen’s assembly to listen to in regards to the venture from builders Monday night time that officers had no alternative however to desk the speak and postpone.
The crowd, estimated to be over 200 individuals, far exceeded the 174-person most capability for a city auditorium, triggering fireplace code security considerations, Town Administrator Deborah Eagan advised Boston.com this week.
“We never have people like that show up, even at Town Meeting,” mentioned Eagan, who’s labored in Rowley for over 20 years.
Attendees have been hoping to glean a primary take a look at the venture to rework 284 acres off of Route 133 right into a one-mile grime and seven/8-mile turf race monitor that might usher thoroughbred horse racing again to the Bay State.
While the proposal is in its preliminary phases, selectmen have been slated to get an introduction to it Monday from its backers: Rowley Group LLC — a Massachusetts funding group — and the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, or MassTHA.
At the helm of the Rowley Group is John Grossi, a thoroughbred horse proprietor and former proprietor of Latitude Sports Clubs.
In a press launch, Grossi mentioned the venture can be privately funded.
The proponents say reviving the racing and breeding trade in Massachusetts may generate $500 million for the state.
The pitch they have been alleged to carry to selectmen this week would have included how Rowley would stand to financially profit from the monitor, amongst different perks like how the power would protect open house and create a whole bunch of jobs, they mentioned.
The property’s location, not removed from Interstate 95 and with easy accessibility to New Hampshire and Maine, made the Rowley web site enticing, William Lagorio, president of MassTHA, mentioned Thursday.
The proposal envisions simulcasting races and taking bids at different tracks, which the Rowley monitor would obtain a bit of, proponents mentioned.
“The industry is alive and well,” Lagorio mentioned. “It’s been portrayed in Massachusetts as dead and buried — a very bad portrayal.”
A key a part of the monitor’s viability shall be tapping the state’s Race Horse Development Fund to reinforce purses, the most important expense tracks sometimes face, based on Lagorio.
Placing bets has additionally develop into simpler, with people being able to make wagers on their telephones from nearly wherever, Lagorio famous.
“If you put the pieces back together for the industry … it can be an endeavor that works and is profitable,” he mentioned.
The venture is one in all a number of seeking to gallop the game again to Massachusetts after Suffolk Downs closed over the summer season. Other proposals are being provided in Great Barrington and Wareham.
According to Rowley officers, no official plans have been filed at Town Hall simply but for the newest bid. Eagan mentioned a brand new date for the rescheduled assembly had not been chosen as of Tuesday.