The ante has been upped in the competition for a resort casino development in western Massachusetts.
The company that owns land in Palmer off the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mohegan Sun hopes to build a resort casino announced plans Monday for a commercial development with stores, restaurants and a small hotel adjacent to the site of the proposed casino. Leon Dragone, manager of Northeast Reality Associates said this would be built well before the state makes a decision on awarding a casino license in western Massachusetts.
The total development investment with the casino would be over $900 million. $800 million dollar casino projects are proposed in Springfield and in West Springfield.