Nunes has said in the past that the casino would only be accessible by I-495, to limit the traffic burden on Route 16 and other local roads. But Marsden said he’s skeptical that an exit dedicated to the casino would pass legal muster or be feasible in a timely manner.
Milford resident Rosalyn Seale said she is worried about property values and traffic — she already has a hard time turning onto Route 16 at rush hour, she said. She lives on Wildwood Drive, one of the residential streets closest to the proposed casino site.
“To take pretty much a residential community, which this section of Milford is, and do something like this, I think it’s awful,” she said. “I can’t see how a casino this close to a residential neighborhood couldn’t adversely affect our property values.”
But people interviewed in downtown Milford, a few miles away, were bullish on the idea.
“The town won’t be so quiet, people will move in,” said Milford resident Lily Marino, a hairstylist who was coloring a customer’s hair at Stella Dieci Mini Spa. “They can develop new businesses.”
Down the street at Nik’s Barber Shop, Jim Tourtellot, a Milford resident and owner of the adjacent Turtle Tavern, was getting a haircut.
“I think it would be absolutely fantastic for the economy of Milford,” he said. “I think it would be a great boost for the tax base and everybody who wanted to get a job could get one.”