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Mohegan Sun targets completion of key agreement for Palmer, Mass., plan

By Brian Hallenbeck

Publication: theday.com

Published April 23. 2013 12:00PM   Updated April 23. 2013 12:20PM

Mohegan Sun officials expect to complete a “host community agreement” with the town of Palmer, Mass., in July, perhaps setting the stage for a September referendum on the more than $775 million project.

The project, Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, is one of four vying for the sole western Massachusetts casino license the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to award early next year.

The agreement, required as part of the application process, establishes plans for mitigating the effects of the casino.

“Palmer has been welcoming, supportive and motivated throughout this process,” Mitchell Etess, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “The host community agreement is important to establishing an effective and cooperative working relationship with the town, and a milestone that will enable us to move forward with a referendum vote.”

Also pursing the western Massachusetts casino license are MGM Resorts International of Las Vegas and Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing, Pa., both of which have proposed projects in Springfield, and Orlando, Fla.-based Hard Rock International, which would build one in West Springfield.

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