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Suffolk Downs reaches casino agreement with City of Boston

By Brian Hallenbeck

Publication: theday.com

Published August 27. 2013 3:00PM   Updated August 27. 2013 3:50PM

Developers of the resort casino proposed for the Suffolk Downs racetrack would pay the City of Boston an estimated $52 million a year once the $1 billion facility is fully operational, under an agreement unveiled Tuesday.

In addition to the annual payments, the so-called host community agreement calls for more than $33 million in one-time community investments, including capital commitments related to education, parks, public health, arts, public safety and more than $45 million in transportation and infrastructure improvements, the developers said in a statement.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the long-awaited agreement, which was reached between the city and Suffolk Downs and its gaming partner, Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment. It is a major development in a process expected to lead to the awarding of a single casino license for Massachusetts’ Greater Boston region.

Foxwoods Resort Casino, a partner in a $1 billion project planned in the town of Milford, could compete for the same license in a three-way race that also includes Wynn Resorts of Las Vegas, which has secured a host agreement and referendum approval of its plan to develop a casino in Everett.

Foxwoods Massachusetts is currently negotiating a host community agreement with Milford officials.


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