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Hope for New Barns at Bass Park 

A MAJOR ISSUE FACING HARNESS RACING IN EASTERN MAINE IS THE CONDITION OF THE HORSE BARNS AT BASS PARK IN BANGOR.
WEDNESDAYNIGHT THE BANGOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPENENT COMMITTEE WILL HEAR A PROPOSAL FROM HOLLYWOOD SLOTS GENERAL MANAGER JON JOHNSON. THE IDEA IS FOR PENN NATIONAL TO SHARE IN BUILDING
OF TWO NEW BARNS WITH THE CITY OF BANGOR. COST ESTIMATES FOR THE PROJECT ARE BETWEEN 1.2 AND 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS. PENN NATIONAL HAS PLANS TO TEAR DOWN THESE OUTDATED BARNS AND INITIALLY DECIDED TO MAKE THIS A SHIP-IN TRACK. THE HORSEMAN AND OTHERS THOUGHT SUCH A MOVE WOULD BE THE END OF HARNESS RACING AT THE FACILITY. JOHNSON SAYS CITY OFFICIALS HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECEPTIVE TO THE PROPOSAL.