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June 12, 2014

Bingo hall approved in Salem

Charity bingo will end at The Rock

SALEM — The Planning Board approved plans for a 250-seat bingo hall just weeks after rejecting the project because of public safety concerns.

The board unanimously adopted the proposal for the 5,500-square-foot hall Tuesday night. It was rejected in a 5-2 vote May 13.

The hall, proposed by Lucky 13 Bingo, would be established in a 42,000-square-foot industrial building at 13 Garabedian Drive, town planner Ross Moldoff said.

Board members said they were satisfied with various changes to be made at the site, where some expressed concern for the safety of elderly bingo players.

Board members told project representative Kurt Meisner in May that they were worried about the elderly getting safely to and from the facility. The board also requested more exterior lighting, handicapped accessibility and repaving of the entire 121-space parking lot.

Board member Linda Harvey said she was asked on behalf of members of the Ingram Senior Center to make sure any public safety concerns were addressed.

Moldoff said the applicant agreed to make the necessary changes. Meisner also assured the board Tuesday a security officer would always be on patrol. The facility would be open daily from 4 to 10 p.m.

The project is proposed in conjunction with CPJ Trust and Garabedian Properties.

The hall's approval means charity bingo will end at Rockingham Park after nearly 20 years, according to president and general manager Edward Callahan.

Lucky Bingo told Callahan it was looking for a new location where smoking would be allowed, he said. The group will relocate sometime this summer.

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