New England News
4:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Mass. Gaming Commission Approves Mohegan Sun Waiver Request

The Massachusetts  Gaming Commission has formally approved a waiver to allow Mohegan Sun to go forward with a casino project in eastern Massachusetts

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino on Suffolk Downs race track property in Revere, MA

The commission voted unanimously Thursday to waive a requirement that a binding voter referendum occur before the end of the year deadline for all casino license applications. Mohegan Sun wants to build a casino on land in Revere owned by Suffolk Downs race track.  An earlier casino proposal that would have been located in Revere and East Boston was turned down by East Boston voters.  Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby acknowledged the second vote that is being allowed in Revere is controversial.

"I just want to note that we are sensitive to the fact that there are competing interests  and competing passions on this."

Mohegan Sun partnered with Suffolk Downs after losing a voter referendum to build a casino in Palmer.