Time to see what’s been happening in Massachusetts.
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Here’s your update:
A Maryland casino developer is pitching a $200 million hotel and slot parlor just off Interstate 495 in Boxborough, the final of 11 original commercial casino applicants to find a site. Under the proposal, the Cordish Companies would buy, renovate, and expand an existing Holiday Inn at the junction of Route 111 and Interstate 495, and re-brand the property as a boutique hotel and casino. The project would include several restaurants, an entertainment area, meeting space, spa and fitness facilities, and — by state law — as many as 1,250 slot machines and would employ 700 to 750 people. Cordish is one of four companies seeking the state’s sole slot parlor license. The Cordish project, if accepted by the town and endorsed by local voters in a referendum, would compete with slot proposals in Plainville, Raynham, and Worcester. The company has developed Hard Rock casinos in Florida, and in 2012 opened the Maryland Live! Casino (the East Coast’s largest slot parlor) just outside Baltimore. The company’s Boxborough project would be similarly named, “Live! Hotel & Casino.”
Southeast MA News
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe unveiled a new design on Tuesday for the $500 million resort casino it hopes to build if the tribe succeeds in getting state and federal approvals for the project. The Mashpee face several obstacles to developing the proposed casino, but tribal leaders remain confident that they will clear the hurdles and break ground on the project as early as next year.
Penn National is continuing to consider their options in Massachusetts and have made no decisions at this time. Their proposal to build a casino in Springfield did not work out, but Penn National Gaming can now seek a casino in southeastern Massachusetts if they are interested.
Western MA News
A civic organization that supports Mohegan Sun Massachusetts’ proposed casino for Palmer has released sketches of a $125 million plan by Northeast Realty Associates and Cardinal’s View LLC that would rise on land bordering the Route 32 site where Mohegan hopes to build a $775 million casino. The drawings, released Monday by Citizens for Jobs & Growth in Palmer, show an outdoor amphitheater reminiscent of Tanglewood’s famous “shed” in Lenox; a large hotel, restaurant and retail complex with courtyards, pedestrian malls and an outdoor skating rink; and a movie theater replete with couch-like seating and other amenities.The separate but complementary project by Cardinal’s View and Northeast Realty – the latter of which owns the site where Mohegan hopes to build the casino – is being billed by project backers as the “Gateway to Western Massachusetts,” with economic dividends for the Palmer, Springfield and Worcester areas.
The president of Hard Rock International , the company that wants to build an $800 million casino complex here pledged Wednesday that Hard Rock will pick up the cost of increased police and fire services needed because of the attraction in its host community agreement. “Hard Rock is there to compensate the city for the additional costs,” Tim Maland, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England, said during a meeting of a public safety panel created by the mayor to hear about plans for security at the proposed project.
That’s all for now. Tomorrow – Etiquette at the Blackjack Table.