The slot parlor proposal in Tewksbury, Mass., will go no further after residents voted against a required zoning change in a special town meeting last night. It was the first of a two-step process required to allow the facility; a town-wide referendum was scheduled for September 21.

The meeting was attended by more than 2,600 residents, who listened to a lengthy debate about the pros and cons of the proposal. Penn National Gaming’s effort to bring slots to the area was favored by town leaders, who wanted the jobs and revenues the facility would bring. Time is running out for the company to find another location in the state, if it even wants to do so.

The towns of Millbury and Leominster will be voting on slot parlors in their communities on September 24. And a referendum will be held as scheduled in Plainville on September 10, even though the Plainridge Racecourse bid was disqualified by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The town wants to keep its options open should the track be sold in order to keep the slot proposal alive.