- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - The chairman of the state’s Gaming Commission has decried the design of a proposed casino in Brockton, calling it a “great disappointment.”

The Boston Globe reports (https://bit.ly/244gfiV) Stephen Crosby made the comments at a public hearing Wednesday.

Crosby says the casino’s design isolates it from the community and lacks strategies for urban renewal and economic development.

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, a longtime proponent of the casino, said the criticism was unfair and inaccurate.

The commission is expected to vote Thursday on the Brockton casino, which is vying for the state’s third and final resort casino license.

The decision comes as the Mashpee Wampanoag are beginning construction on a $1 billion casino on reservation land in Taunton, just 20 miles away.

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