Mass. Panel Finds Path for Revere Casino Plan
BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The state makes a ruling on Mohegan Sun’s last minute plans to build a casino in the eastern part of the state – after voters in Palmer said ‘no’.
It was just over a month ago that folks in Palmer went to the polls and by a very close vote, rejected plans by Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino in their town.
Almost immediately… officials at Mohegan Sun shifted gears, announcing they were now pursuing a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere.
It’s something of a ‘marriage of convenience’ – because back in October Suffolk Downs’ casino partner, Caesars Entertainment, was deemed unsuitable for a casino license by state investigators.
Plus, the earlier plan to build a casino on the Boston-Revere border was rejected by voters in East Boston but approved by Revere voters.
Thus, the Revere-only Suffolk Downs/Mohegan Sun partnership was born.
And Tuesday, state gambling regulators adopted a plan that would allow Mohegan Sun to pursue that casino in Revere, pending the results of a second vote.
The compromise approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is an attempt to resolve a sticky dispute over whether the shift to a Revere-only facility would require a second referendum.
So Mohegan sun is now allowed to request a waiver from the rules that had required a referendum vote before the Dec. 31 casino application deadline.
If approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, a vote could take place after the deadline possibly in February.