PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Several months after Palmer voted down Mohegan Sun’s plan for a resort casino, Mohegan says its out of Palmer, for good.
The gaming company announced Monday that it’s terminating its lease on a 152 acre plot, property where they had hoped to build a gaming resort.
Joan Pierce of Palmer told 22News she’s relieved to know she won’t have to deal with all those extra cars. She said, “It’s well trafficked coming off the turnpike and going both ways. I can see it backed up down to there sometimes.”
The casino was proposed to go right off Exit 8 off the Mass Pike in Palmer. Residents voted down the idea of a casino in November, and initially Mohegan Sun said that was okay, they still wanted to develop on the site for non-gaming purposes.
Now, Mohegan said they won’t develop in Palmer because of a lack of interest, but that isn’t the case for some in the area, who wish there was more entertainment closer to home.
Titus Preston of Ware said, “I’m tired of driving to Mohegan Sun that long, just to take that ride. I live up the street. That would have been a great look for the city and the town.”
Northeast Realty leased the plot to Mohegan Sun. The company said this shows Mohegan never really had a plan to develop after the casino was voted down.
Palmer residents say that’s why they’re not surprised Mohegan is moving on. Dave Gralenski said, “I think they knew no matter what they invested in, the return would be minimal here without the casinos.”
Mohegan Sun is negotiating to build a casino in Suffolk Downs, Revere. Northeast Realty is currently suing Mohegan Sun for seeking a casino in Revere while it was under contract with them.