Things continue to move fast concerning Massachusetts gaming expansion. Now the Southeast Region has it’s own controversy.
Foxwoods / Fall River Looking for Larger Parcel of Land
According to of the HARTFORD COURANT, Foxwoods and the city of Fall River, Mass., are looking for a larger site to build a resort casino — four times as big as the original 30-acre site, Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan said Monday. They had their eye on a site of about 30 acres in the south end of the city, he said. It was sufficient, but the city has time now to look for a larger site after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission pushed back its application deadline from July 23 to Sept. 23 for casino proposals in southeastern Massachusetts. It seems Flanagan is looking for larger, near the highway access, and something the town of Fall River “can be proud of.” The city has yet to write up a host community agreement, which would outline details such as the number of hotel beds, restaurants, retailers and slot machines.
Foxwoods Rumors in New Bedford
However, reports from SouthCoast Today say that Foxwoods is in serious negotiations with New Bedford to build one of the state’s three licensed casinos on the site of the Whaling City Golf Course, creating up to 2,000 jobs, according to sourcesFoxwoods Casino Resort and the investment group Crossroads Massachusetts LLC have decided that sites in Fall River, including one along the waterfront, are unsuitable, sources said. Surprise, surprise, Mayor Flanagan! “We don’t have any knowledge of that,” Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan said when contacted Wednesday. “I’ve been working diligently with Foxwoods over the last several weeks and they have not communicated any of that information to me. We’ve heard nothing contrary.” New Bedford mayor’s office referred to a statement issued by Jon Mitchell on April 4. “The city has been in discussions with casino project proponents, and the mayor’s door remains open to any qualified casino developer or operator interested in exploring a gaming proposal that is the right fit for New Bedford,”
And what does Scott Butera, Foxwoods’ chief executive, have to say? He didn’t respond to two requests for comment, according to Steve DaCosta of the SouthCoast Today.
I’m sure there’s more to surface in the next week.
That’s all for now.