EAST HARTFORD, CT. (WWLP) – East Hartford, Connecticut is one step closer to being the home of the satellite casino owned by a partnership of the tribes that run Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
The competitors have teamed up to try to keep Connecticut gamblers in Connecticut. East Hartford city leaders are backing the effort to become the host city of a Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan satellite casino.
On Wednesday the East Hartford planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a permit for a location on silver lane. The proposed location in East Hartford is what was formally known as the showcase cinemas a building that has been empty for 9 years now.
22News asked Northern Connecticut residents if they’d prefer gambling in East Hartford, or if they’d rather travel up I-91 to the MGM-Springfield Casino.
“It all depends I like the casinos down in, I like Mohegan I like Foxwoods so if the kept the standards up than yeah I ‘d go down to east Hartford more or less to Springfield. Because the traffic, 91 north is really beat up it’s really bad right now,” said Alex Harrington of Somers, CT.
Silver Lane Partners, the group backing this location, originally envisioned the project costing 140 million dollars, but tribal officials estimate the project will cost between 200 million and 300 million dollars.
“I would rather see it here it would bring more money to the state and hopefully later down the road cut taxes and do more for the people in this state, I personally don’t like a casino to begin with I don’t think it adds to the town community,” said Taher Abusbah of Windsor, CT.
The tribes will ultimately pick where they want another casino, but the state of Connecticut or a federal court judge will have final say if Connecticut will allow a 3rd casino
East Windsor and Windsor Locks have both also shown interest in being the host city.