PALMER – Lot of efforts during the last five years have been put by many aspirants who intend to put up a resort casino at exit 8 of the Massachusetts Turnpike, off Thorndike Street (Route 32) at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Prominent operators like Hard Rock International, MGM Resorts International, Penn National Gaming and Ameristar Casinos have shown their keen interest for the new facility to be put up at Western Massachusetts that has made the contest a tough fight to secure the license.
The media people have been asked by the Town Council to visit Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to enable them to peep into the whole development and apprise the public in a clear manner. Philip J. Hebert, the President of the council said in Tuesday’s meeting that they want the things to be apparent enough for all. Jason R. Polonsky, At-large councilor termed the issue of the proposed facility as a receptive one for the society.
Discussions for a visit of Mohegan, tentatively on 22nd September were held by the council. However, it requested Charles T. Blanchard, the Town Manager to finalize the exact date for the tour in consultation with The Republican & other media people of the area and representatives of Mohegan who must accompany. Though the property at Connecticut exceeds the proposed Palmer facility to great extent in terms of the project-costs, yet the tribal council of Mohegan intends to explain the operations of the casino to the councilors of the town, said Blanchard. He added that a good knowledge about their project would be in the interest of all concerned.
Blanchard responded in negative to the anxiety of Polonsky who supposed the tour as too early. The Town Manager said that Mohegan is all set to prove itself to be the perfect host and the proposed visit is on the right time. Paul E. Burns, At-large Councilor expected to have observations about the casino’s internal activities that are beyond the access of an ordinary visitor. Carl F. Bryant, a local resident supported Blanchard as regards his negotiations with Mohegan.
Bryant appealed all concerned to have tolerance. Mohegan will come out successful on all fronts; he said and added that nobody should dictate it for its programs and development activities. He referred to the queries raised by a resident during the last meeting regarding non-payment of fee of $400,000 by Mohegan to the state Gaming Commission for moving the application for the casino. An officer of Mohegan confirmed last week that it would be paid upon submission of absolute request by the company.
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