THE MOHEGAN TRIBAL Gaming Authority has submitted its final application to build a $1.3 billion resort casino at the Suffolk Downs racecourse in Revere, Mass. Above, an artist's rendering of the proposed casino, which would include 4,000 slot machines, 100 table games and a poker room.
BOSTON – The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority submitted its final application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission ahead of the proposal deadline on Tuesday, pushing forward its bid for the sole Boston-area gaming license, the Boston Business Journal reported.
The proposal for a $1.3 billion casino at the Suffolk Downs racecourse in Revere, Mass., is contingent upon a public referendum scheduled for Feb. 25, when residents of Revere will vote on whether to allow the casino to move forward.
Residents of Revere approved the original Suffolk Downs plan – which involved a $1 billion casino at its racecourse straddling the East Boston-Revere border – in a vote on Election Day. After the project failed to garner support among voters in East Boston, however, Suffolk Downs reworked the plan to move the casino entirely onto the Revere side of the property.
During a Dec. 10 hearing, Gaming Commissioner James McHugh argued that another public referendum is required to prove that the residents of Revere agree with the changes that Suffolk Downs and Mohegan have been made to the original plan.
The new proposal would locate the casino on 42 acres in Revere, about one-half mile from the horse track in East Boston. According to the Boston Business Journal report, the facility would feature 4,000 slot machines and 100 table games.
Following an Election Day vote rejecting Mohegan’s original plans for a casino in Palmer, Mass., MGM’s proposed casino in Springfield remains the only contender for the western Massachusetts gaming license.