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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Some southern Prince George’s County communities are expressing their opposition to National Harbor as a proposed site for Maryland’s sixth casino.

Maryland lawmakers last year approved allowing one casino location in Prince George’s.

State officials are still reviewing three proposals, from Penn National Gaming Inc., Maryland Casino LLC (a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing) and a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International.

The Greenwood Racing affiliate bought a 22-acre parcel of land near Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road in June. Penn National wants to build at Rosecroft Raceway. MGM Resorts International is the company that wants to build at National Harbor.

Forest Heights officials passed a resolution and started a petition against building the casino, and residents from both Oxon Hill and Forest Heights have recently protested at National Harbor.

Mayor Jacqueline Goodall says she doesn’t want the area to become another Atlantic City.

“Having a casino in the midst of a viable neighborhood really is changing how people look at our neighborhood,” she said. “All of the development is in one area and the rest of the area dies.”

She supports the casino at Rosecroft because it’s more remote.

“Rosecroft is secluded from the neighborhood. It has an exit there, that people can get into the gaming facility.”

But a casino would change the feeling of the Forest Heights area,” she says.

Maryland’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will conduct site visits and hold public comment sessions for each of the sites later this month.

“The purpose of each of the site visits and public hearings is for the Commissioners to view the proposed location, observe the surrounding community, get a sense of the size and scope of the proposed facilities, to hear directly from the applicants, and to listen to the public support and public concerns about the proposed project” said Commission Chairman Donald C. Fry.

Penn National Gaming will present on October 21, Greenwood Racing on October 23 and MGM on October 25.

Each applicant presentation and public hearing will be held at Friendly High School, located at 10000 Allentown Road in Fort Washington.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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