New England News
4:30 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Casino Developers Revive Holyoke Proposal

A plan to build a resort casino on a golf course in Holyoke Massachusetts is being revived, now that the city’s mayor has changed his position on the casino issue.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Credit Alex Morse

Almost ten months after newly elected Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse  almost literally slammed the door on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.

Lashinger’s group first  proposed building a casino on the Wyckoff Country Club in 2010, but had to walk away last year following Morse’s election. Morse says he will now entertain casino offers because he fears a casino in Springfield, where three projects are proposed, would harm Holyoke’s already fragile economy. A Holyoke businessmen is pitching a casino at Mountain Park, an outdoor concert venue.