Proposed casino spurs business in Poland to expand

Posted Jan. 16, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

POLAND, Maine — Voters’ approval of a casino in western Maine is spurring a nearby business to expand from a seasonal to a year-round operation.

Poland Spring Resort owner Cyndi Robbins says people will need a place to stay after Black Bear Entertainment builds its casino in Oxford, about eight miles away. Mainers approved a referendum in November allowing Black Bear to move forward with plans for a $165 million casino and resort.

Robbins says the first phase of her plan calls for an investment of more than $100,000 to renovate the resort’s motor court into a year-round facility.

The resort, with its three inns and 10 cottages, has operated from mid-May through mid-October since 1978. But Robbins says the economic activity the casino will generate justifies the investment.