PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - West Springfield voters will approve or reject Hard Rock's casino plan two weeks from Tuesday, while Mohegan Sun and Palmer prepare to release their project's details.
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According to a news release from the group Citizens for Jobs & Growth in Palmer, an agreement between the town and Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will be announced on Thursday morning.
Mohegan Sun says that Town Manager Charlie Blanchard will sign the host community agreement with them during the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the Palmer Town Library. That's when we'll find out what the town and its surrounding communities can expect if Mohegan Sun is awarded the western Massachusetts gaming license.
After the agreement is signed, Mohegan Sun will then request a date for a referendum. A town wide vote will have to be held between October 28th and November 27th.
If Palmer voters approve the plan, it will advance with the state’s Gaming Commission, which has the ultimate authority on where any western Massachusetts casino will be built.
The nearly $1 Billion proposal already includes a water park and retail options, but job opportunities are what some residents are looking for.
Mohegan Sun was actually the first developer to purchase land in western Massachusetts to build a casino. They purchased land near the Exit 8 interchange off the Mass Pike before gambling was even legalized in Massachusetts.
The Palmer town council is expected to vote on the referendum date at a meeting on September 3rd.