Flanagan, Foxwoods announce deal to pursue casino in Fall River

Mayor Will Flanagan and executives of Foxwoods affiliate Crossroads Massachusetts LLC announced the developer’s intention to build a resort casino in Fall River at a Tuesday morning press conference. More

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Flanagan, Foxwoods announce deal to pursue casino in Fall River

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AFTER LOSING A vote on its proposal for a $1 billion casino in Milford, Mass., Foxwoods affiliate Crossroads Massachusetts LLC (Foxwoods Resort Casino is pictured above) reached a deal with Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan to pursue a $750 million resort casino in the city that Flanagan said would create between 3,000 and 5,000 new jobs.
Posted 1/28/14

FALL RIVER – Mayor Will Flanagan and executives of Foxwoods affiliate Crossroads Massachusetts LLC announced the developer’s intention to build a resort casino in Fall River at a Tuesday morning press conference.

Flanagan told the Fall River Herald News on Monday that the project – which first entered discussions the day after voters in Milford, Mass., shot down plans for a $1 billion Foxwoods casino off Interstate 495 – would cost about $750 million and create between 3,000 and 5,000 new jobs in Fall River.

At the press conference Tuesday with Foxwoods CEO Scott Butera and Chief Operating Officer David Nunes, Flanagan officially announced the casino developer’s intent, emphasizing the potential of the casino to drive job creation and economic growth in the city.

The proposed casino project would require 30 to 70 acres of land, Flanagan said, and would include about 20 restaurants, a convention center, an entertainment arena, a retail shopping center and a 350-room hotel, in addition to 140,000 square feet of gaming space.

Flanagan will appoint a site selection committee to identify potential sites for the casino, and he hopes to have a location under agreement “in the very near future,” the Herald News reported.

According to the Associated Press, the state’s 2011 gambling law allows for one casino in southeastern Massachusetts but gives preference to a federally recognized Massachusetts Indian tribe, making it uncertain whether the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will grant approval to the Fall River proposal, even if voters green-light the plan.

Two Massachusetts tribes, the Mashpee Wampanoags and the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, have been moving forward with plans to build casinos in Taunton and on Martha’s Vineyard, respectively, although they have been running into resistance at the national level. Approval of the Taunton plan would likely mean the end of the Fall River proposal.

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