Palmer, Massachusetts should have a host community agreement completed within the next week for Mohegan Sun, which has proposed a billion-dollar destination resort-casino in the city, reported CBS3Springfield.com.
Palmer officials said once the parties ink the agreement, residents can expect a referendum vote within 60 to 90 days.
Mohegan, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, has one competitor for the lone casino license permitted in Western Massachusetts: MGM in Springfield. West Springfield voters shot down Hard Rock International's proposal on September 18. MGM has already finalized its host community agreement, and voters recently approved their plan.
Details of the Mohegan Sun and Palmer agreement have yet to be released. But both parties are confident it is balanced. “I think it will be pretty fair. I think the people in Palmer will like it,” said Project Coordinator of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts Peter Sholtz.
Palmer Town Manager Charles Blanchard echoed Sholtz’s sentiments: “I think we've got a very good agreement. Certainly, there are some things still outstanding that we are in the process of negotiating.”
The Mohegan Sun’s Palmer project has been on the drawing table for more than 17 years. Dubbed Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, the casino would be located off the Massachusetts Turnpike.
In June, Mohegan Sun Massachusetts announced new features to its proposed Palmer resort, raising the project cost to nearly $1 billion in total investment. Plans call for a family-oriented water entertainment park and a second resort-style hotel, states a press release.