Suffolk Downs, a 77-year-old thoroughbred horse racing track, has proposed a $1 billion resort casino complex including two hotels, restaurants and retail shops on its 163-acre site straddling East Boston and the city of Revere. The track, which has partnered with Caesars Entertainment of Las Vegas, has also promised to spend $40 million to address traffic concerns in the congested urban neighborhood. Suffolk Downs intends to bid for the sole eastern Massachusetts casino license and boasts powerful political support from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Suffolk Downs has paid the commission’s required $400,000 application fee.
MASHPEE WAMPANOAG TRIBE
The tribe has unveiled a proposed $500 million resort casino and entertainment complex in Taunton. A provision in the casino law granted exclusive rights to a federally recognized Native American tribe to develop a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts if it successfully negotiated a compact with the state by July 31, 2012. A compact was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick and approved by the Legislature, but was later rejected by the U.S. Interior Department. The governor and tribe have pledged to renegotiate the compact in an effort to address the federal government’s concerns. The Mashpee would also have to win approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place the Taunton land into trust.