PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — Two weeks from today, Palmer voters will decide whether they support a casino for their town.
Meanwhile, Mohegan Sun releases a report on what impact the casino would have on Palmer and its surrounding communities.
The 36-page report concluded that its casino would not have a significant impact on traffic and the environment.
Mohegan Sun is proposing a $1 billion dollar casino resort off the Massachusetts Turnpike exit in Palmer.
The impact study shows that 86 percent of the projected traffic would access the casino from the Mass. Turnpike and that roads around Palmer have the capacity to handle the additional local traffic on Routes 20, 32, and 181.
Palmer Town Manager Charles Blanchard says Mohegan Sun’s report is similar to the findings of its own town consultant.
“The fact that the casino itself wouldn’t have a dramatic impact, negative impact on those areas,” says Blanchard.
Casino supporters say the impact study shows that a casino would benefit Palmer.
“Mohegan’s very good about moving people in and out of their facilities anyway, just excited about the jobs, minimal impact on the area, minimal environmental. It’s a win-win for our town and our region,” says Jennifer Baruffaldi.
But not everyone is jumping on board with Mohegan Sun.
“We’re going to vote no. I get a lot of feeling from a lot of people. We’ve been out on corners holding signs against the casinos and I feel like it’s a no,” says Tim Kirk.
The vote on a Palmer casino is set for November 5.