Mohegan's plan for Palmer now includes an indoor/outdoor water park that features zip lining and kayaking.
It's a proposal that Mohegan representatives say meets exactly what the Gaming Commission wants in a casino applicant.
Mohegan's original plan for Palmer included only one complex with a casino and a hotel. However, just a few weeks ago, they decided to expand their plan, and Mohegan now plans on investing nearly $1 billion in Palmer.
That means the number of jobs they promise to bring increases as well. Now they are looking at nearly 3,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs.
With the addition of the water park, Mohegan representatives say they are confident their plan has the wow factor the Gaming Commission is looking for in a potential western Mass. casino.
"We are giving them retail. We have entertaining. Dining. We even have a casino. Giving them a draw such as the aqua adventure park that will bring out the most guests to the facility," Mitchell Etess said.
Mohegan Sun present this plan to the Palmer Town Council Monday night. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. at Palmer High School.
Mohegan Sun wants to sign a host agreement with the Town of Palmer by July 15th, so Monday night Mohegan executives presented more details of their casino and entertainment proposal to the Town Council.
Todd Finard, who completed the retail and aqua park plan, told 22News, "Fundamentally the idea is to create an experience for a guest that is worthy tourism. It's worthy of someone driving multiple hours to get this location."
"It's one that creates space between it and outside of it. It's an architecture that's unique for this site," said Eugene Kohn, who led the architecture team. "You wouldn't do it in the middle of the city."
If Mohegan Sun and Palmer can sign a host agreement by July 15th, the casino referendum will be held some time between September 15th and October 15th.