Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Mohegans considering non-gaming development in Palmer

By Brian Hallenbeck

Publication: theday.com

Published November 22. 2013 1:00PM   Updated November 22. 2013 1:32PM

Mohegan Sun will consider a non-gaming development at the 152-acre site in Palmer, Mass., where it had hoped to develop a $1 billion resort casino, the gaming operator’s top executive said Friday.

“As far as Palmer goes, we’ve invested almost $25 million in the whole process, a lot of it involving the land,” Mitchell Etess, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s chief executive officer, said Friday. “Millions and millions has gone to the landlord. … We believe it’s a good site for development.”

Mohegan Sun signed a 99-year lease on the property in 2008.

Voters in Palmer rejected the casino proposal by 93 votes in a Nov. 5 referendum. A recount sought by Mohegan Sun and supporters of the project is scheduled for Tuesday. It is not expected to change the referendum outcome.

The Mohegan Sun Massachusetts plan included a 70,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor water park, two hotels and 300,000 square feet of retail development. Presumably, those portions of the project still could be pursued at the site, though Etess declined to discuss what the Mohegan Tribe has in mind.

“We could develop something other than gaming there,” Etess said. “It depends. We’ll have to take some time to assess what’s possible. … Everyone in Palmer liked the water park idea.”

Mohegan Sun has informed Northeast Realty Group, the owner of the property, that it was terminating its “exclusivity agreement” with Northeast, freeing the casino operator to negotiate with potential partners involved in other casino projects in Massachusetts.

Mohegan Sun has been in talks with owners of Suffolk Downs, the Boston-area race track hoping to propose a project in Revere.

Northeast Realty is free to pursue another developer of the Palmer site, Etess said, even though Mohegan Sun continues to lease it.

“They’d just have to go through us,” he said of anyone interested in the property.

News by Town

Most Recent Poll
The end of November and early December are often the weeks for office holiday parties. How will you be celebrating the season with your coworkers?
We’re lucky to get a pizza in the office and some store bought cookies.
Our office closes the year in style. Whether it’s a big show, a catered party or a big night out, the office holiday party is always the highlight of the year.
‘Tis the season for end-of-the-year bonuses and the joy that brings to my post-holiday-shopping bank account.
We celebrate the season with a big dinner at a restaurant near the office, which usually turns into a late night with plenty of eggnog and rides home from our sober spouses.
The holidays are generally a family affair with husbands, wives, kids and neighbors – I look forward to it as much as I look forward to my own family celebrations.
You wouldn’t even know it was the holidays in our office, the company doesn’t acknowledge it at all.
Number of votes: 713

No current items found