PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) – One of the four firms vying for the sole casino license in western Massachusetts says that they anticipate reaching an agreement with their host community this summer.
Officials with Mohegan Sun Massachusetts announced Tuesday that they believe their host agreement with the Town of Palmer will be reached in July.
The company adds that with the July timeframe, a binding referendum vote for Palmer residents would be expected in September.
“We are aware of the incredible support this community has for Mohegan Sun Massachusetts; yet we are also sensitive to the fact that Palmer needs to know how the creation of this world class destination will impact life in town. The completion of this agreement will go a long way to help communicate the key plans in that regard,” says Mitchell Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority.
Mohegan Sun is hoping to build a multimillion dollar resort casino off of Exit 8 in Palmer.
Earlier Tuesday, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno indicated that negotiations were still underway with MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming for a host agreement in that city.
Hard Rock is also proposed a resort casino on the property of the Eastern States Exposition.