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Milford selectmen sign casino host agreement with Foxwoods

Posted by Leslie Anderson  September 9, 2013 09:37 PM

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The Milford Board of Selectmen signed a host agreement Monday night with Foxwoods, and set an election for Nov. 19 when residents will decided whether plans for a $1 billion resort casino will move forward.

The 2 to 1 vote, with Chairman William Buckley opposing, formalized an agreement that would bring the town more than $30 million a year, 3,500 permanent jobs, and an initial mitigation payment of $32.1 million, with $25 million to be paid before the casino’s doors are expected to be open.

In the next week a summary of the host community agreement will be published in two local newspapers, and be put on the town’s website in preparation for the education campaign that will include at least one and perhaps a series of forums where residents will have a chance to get their questions answered before going to the polls.

If voters approve the agreement, a special Town Meeting would still have to rezone the land at the junction of Interstate 495 and Route 16 in the eastern corner of town before Foxwoods’ application for the lone casino license in Greater Boston is complete.

Foxwoods is competing for the license with two other companies: Wynn Resorts, which has planned a $1.2 billion casino resort on the Mystic River waterfront in Everett, and Suffolk Downs, which plans — along with casino partner Caesars Entertainment — to develop a $1 billion gambling resort at the racetrack in East Boston and Revere.

Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at eishkanian@gmail.com.

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