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All Aboard and Ante Up! Casino Plan Floated for South Station

Well, here's an interesting start to your Friday: Rumors are afoot that a casino could be built atop South Station by an unnamed developer. Imagine the possibilities! Before catching the 5:55 to Framingham you could hit the slots or toss a sawbuck down on red to sweep. Seriously, though, per Dave Wedge and Greg Turner in The Herald, a planned tower above the transit hub has emerged as a possible alternate Boston casino site should the plans at Suffolk Downs in Eastie fall through.

No formal proposals have been made, and the developer of the current project said there are no plans for a casino at the site. But a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino didn't rule out the possibility of the mayor considering another casino site—including the South Station location. For its part, the developer of the would-be South Station tower, Houston-based Hines, says it has no plans for a casino. Instead, theoretically, it's still trying to move forward with the residential and commercial complex atop and around the station that it got approval for in 2006.

· Source: Developer Laying Tracks for Boston Casino Bid [Herald]

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