City officials are moving forward with plans to build and develop a US casino in Concord, New Hampshire. The plans come from Sen. Andy Sanborn, who already operates a bar and adjacent casino in downtown Concord.
For now, the developers of the charitable casino will call it Imagine Casino. The 26,000-square-foot gaming floor will have several amenities, including:
- 21 table games
- A poker room
- 486 slot machines
New Hampshire charitable casinos
Under state gaming law, the New Hampshire casino will be a charitable gaming facility. As a charitable casino, approved non-profit organizations will receive 35% of gaming proceeds every ten days.
Speaking with New Hampshire public radio, Sanborn said the space would have everything from food, music and possibly even a brewery.
“We’re going to have at least one restaurant. We are going to have space for live music if we can. We are trying to find out how to stick a brewery and brew beer, and maybe distill inside.”
Although Concord has yet to approve sports betting, Sanborn did say the facility is being designed with a tentative space to house a sportsbook, should local voters approve.
Down the road, the senator said the property could host a hotel and expanded entertainment venue. “This is a place where people can come up for the weekend, spend a couple of nights, get a good meal, see a live show, do some gaming,” he said.
Imagine Casino has local support
Pushback on the project has been minimal, with supporters pointing out that the project would create over 250 jobs and attract visitors to the city.
“We are excited to go to the moon and back, that we were finally able to get that approval, and now we are able to move forward with the next steps to begin construction,” Sanborn recently told the ConcordMonitor newspaper.
Additionally, other casino projects around New Hampshire are under consideration. Recently, the Clairvest Group (CVG) in partnership with ECL Entertainment wants to build a historical horse racing (HHR) facility in Nashua.