East Windsor happens to be chosen as the preferred location for a controversial ‘satellite’ casino project to be built, pending approval, by the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes close to the border 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 ended up being 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 a huge advantage over its competitor, nearby Windsor Locks, which required a town-wide referendum regarding the problem.
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, the tribes made their decision.
The positioning is critical. Both towns are situated approximately 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 risk the MGM would pose to Connecticut’s casino sector.
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