Now that MGM is securely positioned on the western & southern battle fronts, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission now looks east to Boston. Let’s take a look at the latest news from the Boston area.
Public hearings on Wynn & Sun Proposals
State gambling regulators will hold public hearings on the two casino proposals vying for the sole Boston-area license. Mohegan Sun has proposed a $1.3 billion casino on the Suffolk Downs horse racing track in Revere. Wynn Resorts has proposed a $1.6 billion casino on a former chemical plant site in Everett. The reason for the hearings is to give residents of each city – Everett (Wynn) and Revere (Mohegan Sun) – a chance show support or concerns, after already approving the projects.
Is the Main Concern the Traffic Situation?
Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts laid out plans Friday to help alleviate Boston-area traffic created by their proposed casinos. James McHugh, acting chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, said the transit discussion was an important primer for the panel as it heads into next week’s public hearings. Concerns include already high-traffic areas, including those same areas during rush hour time commutes. Both companies outlined high cost transit-related improvements with connections to the MBTA and shuttles to other Boston destinations, including Boston’s Logan Airport. Two important points being considered is the impact during construction and if improvements would demand taxpayer money. At this point, both Wynn & the Sun said the improvements would require no taxpayer money.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is still expecting to award the one license by September, depending on the State Supreme Court’s decision to allow the casino repeal question on the November ballot. Depending on what poll or who you ask, the state still seems to be sitting on the fence about casino gambling all together. The Commission has already dismissed the online gaming as a further topic of consideration, and those favoring the repeal of the state gambling bill have already secured enough petition signatures to make the supreme court consider adding it to the ballot.
Hmm, I wonder………were there any secret dice games going on in the berth of the Mayflower?
That’s all for now.