Tribal Casino Targeting August 2017 Opening in Taunton
A $1 billion casino is coming to Taunton, Massachusetts in 2017, per reports. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has made its plan public to begin construction next month, in an effort to fast-track their new casino.
Tribal officials recently announced the news and offered details on the $1 billion casino, which will quickly go down as the region’s biggest project in history. The 150-acre site aspires to cast a wide gambling net, from general slot machines to blackjack and roulette tables. The First Light Resort & Casino will go down as the state of Massachusett’s first full-scale casino, should everything go according to plan.
The move to accelerate the casino’s development comes as a mild surprise, as the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe was initially thought to be treading lightly with developmental plans due to attempts to block the project.
The plan appears to be moving full speed ahead, however, and is one that Tom Hoye, the mayor of Taunton, deemds to be a “win-win” opportunity for the city, as well as surrounding communities. Taunton’s close proximity to other viable cites such as Providence and New Bedford also should prove “invaluable”, per Hoye.
“There is no better place for a casino anywhere in southeastern Massachusetts”, Hoye added.
The plans for the First Light Resort & Casino could confirm that notion, with phase two of the casino construction slated to include three 15-story buildings, which would host up to 900 hotel guests and also provide ample entertainment space.
It is an ambitious project, and one that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is fighting to gain exclusive rights for, in order to run a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The tribe leaders are due to present their plan to the Gaming Commission, who will call it to a vote.
The exclusive rights vote would not stop the casino from being built if denied, but a vote in the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s favor could have a huge impact on how their casino ultimately fares. A similar plan has already been set up in Brockton and could be ready for 2018, and would directly coincide with the First Light Resort & Casino, as the two sites are no more than 20 miles apart.
The First Light Resort & Casino could still potentially hold an edge from a taxes and marketing perspective, but the best path leads to exclusive rights. A vote should make for a clearer picture on Tuesday.
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