Thursday, May 23, 2013
The New England Mountain Bike Association, which purchased 47 acres of trails in Milford a decade ago, is one of the largest abutters to the proposed Foxwoods Massachusetts casino site.
The New England Mountain Bike Association took a rare step in 2003, becoming one of the only biking organizations in the country to purchase wooded trails for conservation and riding. The 47-acre property — known informally as the Vietnam trail network — is in Milford. A few years ago, the biking association rebuffed a substantially larger offer for the land by a representative of Donald Trump, then looking to assemble land for a casino. Now, the site is adjacent to the proposed 200-plus acre site for the Foxwoods Massachusetts casino. The biking organization, through its board of directors, remains opposed to construction of a casino in Milford, and is urging its members to contact the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to express opposition…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Everett officials have negotiated the first host community agreement with a casino developer for the greater Boston region. Milford has an active application, but no agreement yet.
Everett officials have completed the negotiation of a host community agreement with casino developer Wynn Resorts, of Las Vegas, becoming the first community in the greater Boston region to schedule a public vote on a resort casino. According to the agreement, the referendum will be June 22. [Editor's Note: See attached PDF for text of host community agreement.] Under the terms: Milford and Suffolk Downs in East Boston also have casino applications before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. In Milford, the Foxwoods Massachusetts casino is being pursued by a partnership including Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The Suffolk Downs casino redevelopment is being pursued by a group including Ceasar's, of Las Vegas. The Suffolk Downs site…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Scott Butera, CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, was among the panelists at a casino forum at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School.
BOSTON — Suffolk University drew proponents and opponents of casino gambling to a single forum Thursday, including representatives from Milford and the proposed Foxwoods Massachusetts casino. Scott Butera, chief executive officer of Foxwoods Resort Casino, the dominant partner in the casino application for Milford, was a panelist, as were Steve Trettel, a co-chairman of of Casino Free Milford, and Milford Selectman Brian Murray. Butera described the Milford proposal in a powerpoint presentation, emphasizing that the $1 billion casino application would bring good paying jobs to the Milford region. He disputed opponents' contention that the average casino job would pay less than $35,000 a year, based on the Foxwoods casino record. "If our …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Milford Selectmen on Monday listened to an update on newly retained consultants who will work on the town's behalf in analyzing the impacts of a proposed casino. The work must take place in a matter of months.
Operating under a timeline squeezed by the state Gaming Commission, Milford Selectmen were told Monday that a host agreement with a proposed casino developer would have to be completed by the end of August to meet the new deadlines. But the town's attorney handling the casino review said it could be done. "The timeline is tight, but I do think it's doable," said Kimberly Copp, a partner with the law firm Shefsky & Froelich. In an update for the board, she said the law firm had hired several consultants to work on the town's behalf. They include: Foxwoods Massachusetts, which hopes to build a $1 billion resort casino in Milford, will pay for the town consultants to review the impact of its proposed development. "They gave us no pushback," …
Hopkinton voters were asked last night what price they were willing to pay to protect the town in the event a casino gets approved for Milford.
As Foxwoods Massachusetts plans to establish a storefront in Milford, voters in surrounding towns are putting their money where there mouth is to prepare for mitigation. At the first night of Hopkinton's annual town meeting, voters were asked to approve $100,00 "to cover the legal and consulting expenses incurred in opposing the siting of a casino in Milford." While explaining the need for this money, which according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission should be provided by the casino developers, Selectman Benjamin Palleiko said the developers have no obligation to provide the money in a timely manner. "This is not a lot of money for us to spend compared to the possible millions of dollars we could get in mitigation from the developers…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Town leaders from Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Ashland met last night to discuss working together.
With the casino proposal for Milford working its way though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's process, surrounding communities are hoping they will be a more formidable opponent by banding together. "It's going to be a tough and long battle," Joseph Magnani, a selectman from Ashland, said. To begin the process selectmen from Ashland, Medway, Holliston and Hopkinton met last night to discuss their ability and willingness to join an intercommunity agreement uniting them in vision and sharing in the costs. The first step for the towns is putting together information on what the impact will be on each town. Included in that are water, roads and wastewater as well as the impact on police and other government agencies. Many of these studies …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Many people seemed to be encouraged by the comments made by the Milford Selectmen after the presentation by Foxwoods.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Foxwoods Resort Casino proposes a resort complex of 300,000 square-feet. Milford Selectmen, listening to the proposed scale for the first time, said they were skeptical it could be done under the state timeframe.
Foxwoods Resort Casino and its partners are pursuing a resort casino complex of $1 billion in Milford, featuring 300,000-square-feet of developed space and 350 hotel rooms. The proposal, outlined Monday in a meeting of the Milford Board of Selectmen, is one of three that is before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for the greater Boston region. The now-named "Foxwoods Massachusetts" resort casino would include 4,725 slots, 125 game tables, 350 hotel rooms and an unidentified number of specialty restaurants, entertainment venues and other features, according to an overview. In a brief presentation, Scott Butera, the chief executive officer of Foxwoods Resort Casino, addressed — in general terms — a few of the issues that have been raised…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Developer David Nunes has told town officials he is no longer the contact for Crossroads Massachusetts.
The developer who applied for a casino license for a Milford gaming facility is no longer in charge of the proposal, according to the Boston Globe. David Nunes, a Colorado-based developer, told town officials in a memo that he would no longer be the contact for Crossroads Massachusetts. The casino application is one of three before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. On Monday night, the Milford Board of Selectmen will hold a meeting, and anticipate a presentation from the developers of the casino for the first time since the application. The meeting will be held in the Upper Chambers of Milford Town Hall.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Draft regulations for how the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will gather and evaluate final applications for resort casinos were approved Thursday. Public comment will be collected for the next month before the commission adopts final regulations.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a first draft of regulations Thursday that will guide how it evaluates resort casino proposals, setting up a process that will require developers to demonstrate community, regulatory and financial support for their projects. Milford is among three communities that has been identified by developers seeking the single license available for a resort casino in the greater Boston region. The development proposed for Milford is called "Crossroads Massachusetts" and is being advanced by Colorado-based developer David Nunes, working with partners Warner Gaming and Foxwoods Resort Casino. The proposed location is undeveloped land east of Interstate 495 and north of Route 16, near the Holliston line. The …