Mohegan Sun ignoring complaints of Mass. town

Sep 30, 2013 7:37 PM

Mohegan Sun, the Connecticut tribal group seeking a casino license in western Massachusetts, is ignoring the complaints of residents of Monson, a town that would be impacted should Mohegan Sun build a casino in Palmer.

Monson’s residents say they have been excluded from direct negotiations with developers about traffic congestion, crime and other potential impacts.

Last week, the town’s attorney wrote to the Mohegan Sun saying, “Monson has well-founded apprehensions regarding the Mohegan Sun project, and fully expects that it will undertake all actions necessary to identify and quantify adverse impacts. The town fully expects that Mohegan Sun will devote time and resources necessary to discuss these matters directly with the town.”

The new gaming law requires that developers negotiate with surrounding communities and, if necessary, provide compensation for traffic and other potential impacts.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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