What’s Mohegan Sun’s Non-Casino Plan for Palmer?

There’s still no word from Mohegan Sun on what the casino company plans to do with land it leased in Palmer, Massachusetts. The town’s voters rejected a casino referendum in November, and Mohegan is now bidding to build a resort in Revere.

After giving a big presentation Wednesday to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission about Mohegan Sun’s casino proposal for Suffolk Downs, the company’s CEO Mitchell Etess was in no mood to talk a possible non-casino development in Palmer.

“We think it’s a great location and we hope that we can do something there. But honestly you have to – in business – you need to kind of prioritize things,” Etess said.

That answer did not impress or surprise Paul Burns, a town councilor in Palmer who supported the casino there but has been very critical of Mohegan Sun’s actions since the vote. Burns says Mohegan Sun is a large corporation capable of multitasking.

“I understand that they’re in the middle of a competition for a casino license in eastern Mass now, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask that Mohegan Sun commit to…maybe building a mall or whatever other project that they have planned for the area.”

And Burns says if Mohegan won’t commit to developing the land, he wants them to step aside so someone else can.