GROTON, Conn. (WWLP) – Tribal leaders of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casinos have joined forces as MMCT and announced Monday that they are still in the process of selecting a site for Connecticut’s third casino.
Five groups made submissions for East Hartford, East Windsor, Hartford and two in Windsor Locks. A decision was supposed to be made in December, but MMCT says they want to take the time necessary to make the right decision. They are also working with the state to make sure they don’t jeopardize revenues that they already contribute. Over the last 20 plus years, Foxwoods and Mohegan have contributed more than $7 billion to Connecticut in tax revenue.
MGM Springfield says demolition is on schedule to make way for their casino resort which is scheduled to be complete by September 2018. But Springfield City Council still needs to approve the design changes.
Western Mass residents 22News spoke with said they are looking forward to the now $950 million resort casino, but it also means economic warfare between the two states.
Ronald Roy, of Chicopee said, “I think it’s going to be good for the area. We need something. You go to Foxwoods and you see all these Massachusetts plates, why not keeping it in the state instead of sending it over to Connecticut.”
Meanwhile Connecticut is anxious to find out the location of its third casino to save jobs and people from leaving the state. For the third casino to open, the CT General Assembly still has to pass legislation.
Springfield City Council still hasn’t set a date to vote on MGM’s design changes.