East Windsor casino is not a done deal yet

East Windsor casino is not a done deal yet


BARRY: NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES ARE PLANNING TO OPEN A THIRD CASINO IN CONNECTICUT., NOT FAR FROM MGM SPRINGFIELD. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI IS HERE TO EXPLAIN HOW THAT CASINO CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IS NOT A DONE DEAL… YET. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: THE EAST WINDSOR CASINO WOULD BE JUST A 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MGM SPRINGFIELD, WHICH HAS BEEN TAKING BUSINESSS AWAY FROM FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN. THIS ONE HERE WILL STOP THE MONEY FROM GOING ACROSS THE STATE LINE AND KEEP IT IN CONNECTICUT. EAST WINDSOR COULD SOON BECOME HOME TO A THIRD TRIBAL CASINO RUN, COOPERATIVELY BY THE THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES THAT OWN AND OPERATE MOHEGAN SUN AND FOXWOODS. TOMMY BENN: EAST WINDSOR I THINK EVERYBODY IS LOOKING FOR A CHANGE, A POSITIVE CHANGE, AND I THINK THIS WOULD PUT US IN A POSTIVE DIRECTION. MIKE MASCIADRELLI WORKING FOR YOU THIS PROPOOSED EAST WINDSOR CASINO WOULD BE BUILT AT THE FORMER SHOWCASE CINEMAS, WHICH IS JUST 13 MILES SOUTH OF MGM SPRINGFIELD. TRIBAL LEADERS WERE PLANNING A GROUNDBREAKING HERE THIS FALL, BUT THE TOWN SAID THEY STILL NEED A FORMAL BUILDING PERMIT BEFORE THAT CAN HAPPEN. THE MOHEGAN AND MASHANTUCKET TRIBES ALSO HAVE YET TO RECIEVE FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR THEIR PROPOSED EAST WINDSOR CASINO, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE 1800 HUNDRED SLOT MACHINES, 50 TABLE GAMES, AND 10 POKER TABLES. TOM WALKER: AGAWAM I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT THERE AND SEE HOW IT COMPARES TO MGM BUT DUE TO THE PROXIMITY BEING IN AGAWAM, I WOULD PREFER TO STAY AND GO TO MGM SPRINGFIELD. MGM SPOKESMAN BERNARD KAVALER TOLD 22NEWS MGM IS INTERESTED IN OPENING A CASINO IN BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT, BUT THE STATE WOULD NEED TO CHANGE ITS POLICY AND ALLOW THEM TO BUILD A CASINO OFF TRIBAL LAND. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: ASSUMING THEY GOT THEIR APPROVALS, THE MOHEGAN AND MASHANTUCKET TRIBES HOPE TO OPEN THE EAST WINDSOR CASINO IN THE SPRING OF

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