Now that it has approval from voters, Springfield’s casino bid is a step–or more–ahead of it its competitors in West Springfield and Palmer. The three communities are trying to secure western Massachusetts’ lone casino license.
Palmer is the only community of the three not to have an agreement with a casino operator. The town and Mohegan Sun continue to negotiate a deal for a billion-dollar resort casino near the Massachusetts Turnpike. Mitchell Etess is the CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. He says they are hoping to have an agreement by the end of the month . Etess says there is a reason why it’s taking longer in Palmer than it did in Springfield or West Springfield.
“We were very, very thorough in providing a lot of information, a lot of outside studies and consultants to the town of of Palmer and I’m not quite sure the rigor and detail and studies were made in some of the other jurisdictions.”