HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – The tribes that own Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have teamed up to build a casino in northern Connecticut that competes with MGM Springfield.
We now know that there are five proposals submitted to create a new tribal casino, and they’re not too far from Springfield. The deadline to submit the proposals ended at 4:00 p.m. Friday.
According to MMCT Venture, the five proposals are in the Hartford area; East Hartford, East Windsor, Hartford and two in Windsor Locks.
Windsor Locks rejected a proposal for Bradley International Airport last week. But the 2 tribes recently created a provision, that allowed groups to submit incomplete proposals without the consent of the city or town.
East Hartford submitted their proposal for a preferred site off of I-84 where the former Showcase Cinemas is located. East Hardford mayor Marcia Leclerc described it as a “Significant piece of parcel on I-84 with 130,000 cars traveling by each and every day.”
“We sit and wait,” says Tony Ravosa, site developer of Silver Lanes Partners LLC. “Ultimately the tribal joint venture has a job to do and I know there’s other submissions that are going in today. Again, I don’t think they carry a candle to what we’ve been able to achieve.”
Pearce Real Estate is helping the tribal nations with the reviewing process; they will start evaluating immediately. Tribal officials expect to make a decision by December 15th. The site would have to be capable of serving 10,000 visitors a day.
The General Assembly must pass legislation allowing a third tribal casino. MGM is challenging the process in court.