Newport Grand owners present proposal to Tiverton council

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TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Twin River Casino Management Group met with Tiverton’s town council Monday night to present more details on their proposal to move the Newport Grand gambling facility to the town.

The meeting was held at 7 p.m. inside Tiverton Middle School on Quintal Drive. Dozens of the town’s residents turned out for the public meeting.

Residents who spoke with Eyewitness News had mixed emotions about the plan, citing traffic concerns and proximity to their homes.

Twin River Chairman John Taylor Jr. left the details of the design of the casino vague, giving the town’s residents the ability to weigh in.

“We wanted to start a conversation with the voters. We didn’t want to presuppose what they would accept, what they wouldn’t accept,” Taylor Jr. said.

Twin River hopes to have a series of meetings with the public to design the casino. It would then go to the town council for a vote before heading to the General Assembly. If approved, it could be on the ballot next year.

After acquiring the rival in March, the Twin River Management Group announced its plan last month to move Newport Grand to a new purpose-built facility on an area of Tiverton currently home to woodlands.Shaun Towne contributed to this report.

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