Residents discuss casino plan near Patriots home
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Hundreds of Foxborough residents packed a planning board meeting to weigh in on a proposal by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn to build a resort casino near Gillette Stadium.
The plan met with resistance at the gathering Thursday night, with opponents saying a casino could cause traffic and crime problems and destroy the character of the town.
But there were also some calls to support the casino, which Kraft and Wynn say would create thousands of permanent jobs and temporary construction jobs.
The planning board opted not to take an immediate vote on zoning changes that could help the casino proposal. One calls for lifting the town's 300-foot height limit for buildings.
The state's new casino law requires the approval of voters in host communities.