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Danbury City Council to vote on OTB proposal tonight

The Danbury City Council is set to formally approve a proposal for an off track betting facility from Sportech Venues in Two Steps. 


There would be a limit on the square footage.  Sportech officials say less than 20-percent of the building would be dedicated to wagering.  Types of gaming not specified in the contract is not allowed.  Relocation of the business requires a new approval.  Sportech would have to apply for and hold a City-authorized entertainment license. 


Sportech has exclusive licensing rights in Connecticut and Danbury would be their  17th location in the state.  The state legislature approved a bill this past session allowing Sportech to have eight more off-track betting licenses, for a total of 24 possible locations throughout Connecticut. 


The Danbury Zoning Commission signed off on the proposal last year, amending City ordinances to allow an off track betting facility as an accessory use in a restaurant. 


The City Council meeting is at 7:30pm at City Hall.

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