The Massachusetts Gaming Commission last Wednesday approved the developers of a proposed casino in the city of Brockton, Mass. The next step will include a referendum next week that will determine the fate of the $650 million project moving forward in the competition for Massachusetts’ third and final resort casino license.
The Brockton developers propose a resort casino on the Brockton Fairgrounds that they say will reflect a New England style with a distinctive, red-brick exterior. The project calls for a roughly 250-room hotel, a gambling floor with about 2,000 slot machines and 100 table games, restaurants and an event center for meetings, conferences, entertainment and other functions.
A Foxwoods project in New Bedford, developed by the New York-based firm KG Urban Enterprises, is also potentially in the running, as is a Somerset casino being developed by a group called Crossroads Massachusetts. State regulators will review personal, financial and criminal records on those developers at a later date. The business group looking to build a casino in New Bedford told Massachusetts gambling regulators that it has the money to move forward with its plans for the Whaling City should it win a state license. Somerset has asked for an extension.
The Brockton Fairgrounds is the largest single parcel of land (45 acres), under the control of one ownership entity, and would generate the least surface traffic in residential neighborhoods, that is available for redevelopment in Brockton. There are no other locations of this size in the immediate region. Also considered a plus is its location, just off of Route 24, providing easy access to the largest potential gaming market in southeast New England, through connections to I 93, Rte. 128/I 94, and the Mass Pike.
The $650 million project has caught Brockton largely by surprise. City officials have digested a multi-million dollar host agreement and moved to put the casino on the ballot. Anti-casino sentiment rose weeks ago due to it’s proximity to the Brockton High School / Middle School Campus close by and Rush Gaming’s history of under-aged gambling at it’s Pittsburg casino. Rush Gaming is the developer for the proposed casino in Brockton.
That’s all for now until the people of Brockton vote yea or nay.