HARTFORD: The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, released an updated rendering of their planned East Windsor entertainment and gaming facility. The renderings were submitted to the town as a part of the local approval process.
The proposed development will be a 188,000 square foot world-class gaming and entertainment facility with roughly 1,800 slot machines, 50 table games and 10 poker tables. Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2018, with an opening date tentatively scheduled for the Spring of 2020.
The East Windsor casino and the partnership between the two competing Connecticut Indian tribes was approved by Connecticut’s legislature to address competition from a new $800 casino development by MGM in Springfield, Mass., scheduled to open on September 1.
The go-head for the East Windsor casino was held up by the US Interior Department failing to approve a new pact for the tribes. The inspector general announced late last month that it was probing the lack of action on the amendments to the tribes' revenue sharing agreements with the state of Connecticut. The Interior department approved the new pact earlier in the month.
“From the start, we pledged to create a world class facility that will be a draw for people throughout the entire region ,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler. “These renderings help bring to life our vision for this site, and we thank the town for working with us every step of the way through the local approval process.”
“This gaming and entertainment facility will create jobs and will provide additional revenue to the state at a time when every dollar is precious,” said Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown. “We are full steam ahead and excited by the tremendous progress we’ve made to date.”
The tribes released a statement outlining employment goals for the casino which projects 650 jobs for “Hartford area residents,” including localized quotas including, Hartford – 325, East Hartford – 150, East Windsor, Windsor Locks and other nearby communities – 175.
The tribes say that “75% of employees at the new facility will be existing employees who might otherwise lose their jobs. The new facility is expected to create or preserve nearly 4,300 jobs overall, some of which will be filled by existing Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods employees.” Construction of the East Windsor casino will create an additional 2,300 jobs for the building trades.
“When construction begins on this project, it’s going to put more than 2,000 men and women in the building trades to work,” said Dave Roche, President of the CT Building Trades. “Those jobs are going to make a real difference for hard working families who have been struggling to get by.”