One more chance for development would be given to the third Massachusetts region where a commercial casino venue could be built. Region C has been eyed as a potential development opportunity and the State Gaming Commission has decided to provide bidders with yet another opportunity to claim gambling licensing from the regulator.
Massachusetts lawmakers have estimated that the region has the capacity of sustaining a total of three commercial casino resorts, in order to maintain its integrity and to avoid cannibalization of the field. For quite some time now casino developer Mass Gaming & Entertainment has been eyeing the possibility of obtaining the third casino licensing which is commonly referred to Region C casino permit.
Thursday witnessed an official meeting which has been long-anticipated. On it, officials voiced their decision to give the previously stated plans a second chance for development, that could happen in the foreseeable future. Next Thursday is set to witness a second meeting specifically dedicating its time to the conversation regarding casino license issuing for the southeastern Massachusetts area.
Previous Plans for Casino Development
Now that the time seems to be right for more discussions on the topic, the local team of Brockton Fairgrounds managed by George Carney and the Chicago-listed Rush Street Gaming join forces once again. The previously filed proposal for a casino venue construction is expected to be thoroughly reviewed next week since it has better chances of being approved. Earlier this year talks regarding the possibility of this commercial gambling location being introduced commenced anew, giving hope to many people in the community.
The proposal was then nixed by the local authorities since there was a tribal casino possibility eyed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Said $1-billion casino could have been constructed in the region, potentially attracting casino patrons from near and far, but a recent turn of events brought the plans to a roadblock. It could be recalled that recently the US Department of Interior made it clear that the tribe is no longer considered eligible to having land into trust since at the time of the Indian Reorganization Act from 1934 it was not under federal jurisdiction.
Now the past weeks have been dedicated to battle for the rights protection of the Indian tribe. Region C commercial casino license might also be utilized by the tribe if they, in fact, receive the chance to develop their own casino venue. It is no secret to anyone that the proposed land for casino construction in the Brockton area is a tempting parcel which could boost the region with its commercial potential.
Massachusetts State Offers Three Gaming Permits
This year turns out being quite riveting for the gambling industry of the state of Massachusetts, as two of the existing casino licenses for operation have been claimed and work related to them is in full swing. First commercial casino to launch operation in the state was MGM Springfield, transforming the region with its wide array of gaming offerings, as well as more family-friendly entertainment opportunities. The $960-million casino resort launched operation on 24th August and it is able to provide the public with its premium offerings.
The casino area itself covers 125,000 square feet and offers patrons 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room, and high-limit VIP gaming lounge. Traditional games include many variations of blackjack and poker, as well as Casino War. The second commercial casino licensing was claimed by Wynn Resorts which is currently working on its soon-to-launch Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Boston. Summer of next year is the estimated time of launch for this $2.4-million casino resort built on the banks of Mystic River.
The month of June saw the proposal being contemplated once again. In a previous debate, the resort was projected to cost some $677 million to its developers. In addition to the construction costs, the operator is also supposed to pour in $85 million in order to obtain licensing for operation. Permanent job opportunities resulting from the new resorts could offer 1,800 locals employment, whereas more than $100 million is projected to be generated by the casino resort operation.