Mashpee Wampanoags Planning Massachusetts Resort Casino

A new destination resort casino is potentially coming to Taunton, Massachusetts.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Mayor Thomas Hoye, Jr. announced the resort plans today.

Hoye sees the proposal as an economic opportunity for the city and region and projects the casino will generate millions in revenue that can help improve city schools, hire police officers and fire fighters, improve infrastructure and attract new businesses.

“I’ve been impressed from the beginning with the Tribe’s commitment to an inclusive process and a real partnership with Taunton,” Hoye said. “Together, we’ll be meeting with residents across the city about this project and about a long-term vision for our community.”

The tribe is in the process of purchasing land in East Taunton. The proposed resort will include a casino, hotels, fine and casual dining, entertainment space and other amenities.

“This will be a first-class resort with something to offer the whole family,” Cromwell said in a press release. “The residents of Taunton and all of Southeastern Massachusetts will be proud of the state of the art facility we will build here.”

The casino is expected to attract Cape Cod tourists and vice versa. “We see Taunton as a cultural gateway to Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands,” Cromwell said.

The tribe has yet to negotiate a compact with Governor Deval Patrick.

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