Anne Arundel County voters overwhelmingly approved a proposed slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall Tuesday, clearing the way for the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. to construct what will be the state's most lucrative casino following a contentious multi-million dollar battle. With all precincts counted, the pro-slots side won with 56 percent of the votes, versus the anti-slots' 44 percent, according to Joe Torre, director of the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections. Proclaiming the victory "massive," David Cordish, the billionaire developer and chairman of the Cordish Cos., said he planned to immediately push forward with construction of the casino adjacent to Arundel Mills, with a planned opened date sometime in the spring or summer of 2012. Cordish said he will also seek approval for a temporary slots facility on the mall grounds by early next year.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun