East Windsor has been selected as the preferred location for a controversial ‘satellite’ casino project to be built, pending approval, by the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes near the edge with Massachusetts.
A derelict cinema in East Windsor that may one day get to be the site of Connecticut’s controversial satellite casino, but first it must overcome an MGM lawsuit that accuses the project of being unconstitutional.
The city, which had been 1 of 2 shortlisted, accepted the regards to a development agreement with the tribes, known collectively as MMCT Ventures, on when its Board of Selectmen 4 to 0 in favor of the proposal saturday.
This gave East Windsor an advantage that is huge its competitor, nearby Windsor Locks, which required a town-wide referendum on the issue.
Early authorities in Windsor Locks announced they believed they were still in the running and planned to hold a meeting aimed at accelerating a referendum on Tuesday monday.
Hours later on, the tribes made their decision.
The location is critical. Both towns are situated roughly 15 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts, where MGM Resorts is building its $950 million casino resort, scheduled to open in 2018. The joint venture that is tribal been proposed entirely to blunt the competitive danger the MGM would pose to Connecticut’s casino sector.
Connecticut has sanctioned the Mohegan as well as the Mashantucket (more…)