Enfield or East Hartford? Where will the new CT Casino land? The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes said at their joint signing ceremony Sept. 10 that they wanted a location selected by the end of November. It is expected that any casino in north-central Connecticut would include 2,000 slots and 100 to 150 table games. The goal is to open before MGM Springfield begins operations in 2018.
The first out of the gate was the old Showcase cinemas on Silver Lane in East Hartford. Last Wednesday, planning and zoning commissioners approved a plan for a restaurant and entertainment venue development at the vacant movie theater. Review the previous post concerning the the East Hartford proposal here.
According to reporter Mikaela Porter of The Hartford Courant, “Developer Anthony W. Ravosa Jr. of Glastonbury, a member of Silver Lane Partners LLC, said that Wednesday’s approval was the first of a proposed two-phase plan to create a $200 million gaming facility at the site.”
Meanwhile, Enfield Square Mall wants to be the site of that casino and is offering a plan to Enfield City Council. Ms. Porter previously reported Enfield Square Mall management pitched a casino proposal to town councilors, calling it an “opportunity to create a new story” for the mall and community.
Enfield Square Mall, a 787,000-square-foot mall off the I-91 ramp at Exit 48, includes retailers, including Target and Macy’s, restaurants like Outback and Ruby Tuesdays and a 55,000-square-foot movie theater. Madison Marquette Real Estate Services owns the mall.
But, East Hartford & Enfield would have the best access to major traffic routes – I-84 & I-92 respectively. East Hartford seems the better of the two with a dedicated venue for just the casino – Enfield casino proposal would be sharing the with stores still alive in the Mall. Believe it or not, this concept has already worked. Outside of Baltimore, Maryland Live! Casino shares their casino venue as part of a mall and it is the casino making the highest revenue for the state of Maryland. So while the concept sounds weird, it has already proven to work.
The proposal at the Enfield Square Mall includes a two-level casino in the 150,000+ sq. ft. space in the Macy’s at the bottom of the image below. Extending out from the mall, between the proposed casino and the Sears store would be a 300 room, 6 story, luxury hotel. An additional parking garage connected to both hotel and casino would extend further below the casino (Macy’s).
Finally, while East Hartford & Enfield seem viable candidates for the new casino, South Windsor has all along been letting the rest know that they are VERY interested in being home to Connecticut’s third casino. The Town Council voted unanimously, but but still wait for the town’s approval through referendum.
That’s all for now. For all of Mikaela Porter’s Hartford Courant Coverage, click here.