Two Massachusetts Casino Proposals Facing Key Votes Today.
Residents of the East Boston neighborhood and the city of Revere will decide Tuesday whether to allow Suffolk Downs to go forward with its bid for a $1 billion casino at the 78-year-old thoroughbred race track. The project recently received a setback when casino operator Caesars Entertainment withdrew amid concerns raised during a background check by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Suffolk Downs says it will name a new partner by year’s end.
If voters say yes, Suffolk Downs could compete with proposals in Milford from Foxwoods and Everett from Steve Wynn for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Basically, the city of Revere will be for something without knowing who or what might be running it.
Voters in Palmer will decide Tuesday on a casino proposed by Mohegan Sun. If approved, it would compete with MGM International in Springfield for the western Massachusetts license. Both seem to have their own problems to contend with.
MGM Resorts International, the parent company of the proposed MGM Springfield resort casino, on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss that was smaller than last year. And two days after Suffolk dropped Caesar’s, Springfield City Council President James Ferrera III sent a letter to Massachusetts Gaming Commission Stephen Crosby, asking for advice on how the city could replace MGM if MGM fails the state’s background check.
In Palmer, Mohegan Sun Palmer had to respond to concerns voiced by the anti-casino group regarding the use of eminent domain for the project proposed for Route 32 across from the Massachusetts Turnpike interchange. The host community agreement, unveiled in late August, includes a section that states: “To the extent the power of eminent domain may be required, the town agrees to consider the use of such authority in good faith and in furtherance of the infrastructure improvements that will serve or provide a public purpose.” “We will not need any body’s home or businesses . . . We don’t need the cemetery, the church, nothing of that size and scope,” Paul I. Brody, Mohegan’s development coordinator, said.
By Wednesday, could we see two casinos knocking at the door of Western Massachusetts only license, one, or ………
That’s all for now.