The Springfield Republican is reporting that at least three gaming entities could be vying for the rights to develop a resort-style casino in Western Massachusetts. Penn National Gaming has expressed interest in a Springfield-area site; Mohegan Sun of Connecticut has been planning a casino resort for 152 acres it leases off Exit 8 of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Palmer; and Paper City Development is proposing a casino for the Wyckoff Country Club off Interstate 91 in Holyoke.
Official comments from the Republican article:
Chicopee Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette said city officials have also discussed a casino for his city with Penn National Gaming… Palmer Town Council President Paul E. Burns said a casino in Palmer would bring needed jobs to the town, and the region… Paper City Development estimated 2,000 construction jobs over 12 to 18 months and 1,500 permanent jobs at a Holyoke casino… Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno – who threw his support behind the Palmer location back in 2001 – said he has talked with Penn National Gaming about a possible casino for Springfield, but he downplayed the potential of that actually happening.
Read more about the casino activity for the western Massachusetts option here at masslive.com.