Revere Voters Approve Mohegan Sun Casino Plan
REVERE, Mass. (AP/WGGB) — Voters in Revere have approved a billion-dollar resort casino proposal, moving forward Mohegan Sun’s plan that will compete with Wynn Resorts for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.
Tuesday’s vote was the second casino vote in the city in just over three months. Revere voters in November approved a proposal at Suffolk Downs, on the East Boston line, but East Boston rejected it. Mohegan Sun came back with a proposed $1.3 billion facility that would be built entirely in Revere.
Mitchell Etess, CEO of Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority, says he’s hopeful of convincing state gambling regulators to award Mohegan Sun the license.
Etess says Mohegan Sun will win the license because its application is unconditional. He says they’re “ready to go.”
But officials in Palmer said despite Mohegan’s claims to being committed to the town, their actions with Revere tell a different story.
Palmer Town Councilor, Paul Burns, stated in a press release he believes Mohegan conducted a “blocking action to ensure there is no significant Western Mass Casino to their flagship site.” He also accused Mohegan of abandoning Palmer when the opportunity for a casino in Revere opened up.
Reps from Mohegan could not be reached to comment at this time.
Mohegan Sun will now be competing with Wynn Resorts for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino.
The state’s 2011 expanded gambling law allows for three regional resort casinos in Massachusetts. Wynn Resorts has proposed a $1.6 billion casino along the Mystic River in Everett, only a few miles from the Revere site. The state’s gambling commission has said it expects to award the license by June 30.