Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE) always aims to push its brand. But their new plans to expand in Preston across the river have stalled. Maybe it was too much to plan before their global expansion. Maybe it was Covid. In any case, here is what could have been. Maybe still to be seen? – Here is “Mohegan Sun Stalls On Future Preston Plans.” Let’s take a look at the plans.
Mohegan Sun Future Plans – Retail, Water Park, Senior Living, and More
Kathleen McWilliams from the Hartford Courant recently reported the Mohegan tribe’s plan for Preston, CT. Preston, CT, across the river, will see a great project where the former Norwich Hospital site. Mohegan Sun Future Plans will “[be made] into a dozen amenities, including an indoor water park, a senior living center, and a sports complex. This huge plan includes outdoor and indoor entertainment attractions, besides a large performing venue. Also included are timeshare units, retail, an RV park and marina, restaurant space, a convenience store, and a gas station.”
“With up to $600 million in possible development, we will stimulate growth, drive new business and help strengthen the local economy,” Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown said. He referred to the 393-acre brownfield site that has been vacant since the state shuttered the hospital’s doors in 1996. The town of Preston bought the property from the state for $1. $20 million, including $9 million from the state, cleaning up the property and demolishing dozens of buildings to make way for new development.
Connection to Casino Property
Is this designed to make the casino a more significant attraction? Not really. Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown said the intentions are to:
- Offer options for Mohegan Sun visitors who aren’t as interested in gambling.
- Add at least 750 construction jobs and hundreds of permanent full-time positions.
- solidify Mystic country in southeastern Connecticut as a top tourism destination
- take a big step forward that will allow the town to double its grand list, said Preston First Selectman Bob Congdon
Mohegan Sun Stalls of Future Preston Plans for numerous reasons, including the pandemic.