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Nassau OTB extends deadline in search for gaming site

Nassau’s Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation has extended the deadline for bidders interested in selling their property to the agency to construct a mini-casino with 1,000 electronic slot machines

Property owners will now have until May 30 to respond to a Request for Statements of Interest issued by Nassau OTB earlier this month, soliciting commercial property owners who would be interested in selling their land to the agency. The original deadline was April 22.

OTB officials will also hold a pre-submittal meeting on April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Race Palace in Plainview to answer questions from potential bidders. Attendance at the meeting is not mandatory for bidders interested in responding to the Statement of Interest.

Nassau OTB plans to equip the new facility with at least 1,000 video lottery terminals.

The site must have at least 100,000 usable square feet of space, including 50,000 square feet on the ground floor, and about 1,000 parking spots, said Nassau OTB President Joe Cairo. He hopes to open the gaming facility next year.

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