Mohegan Sun cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday in its bid to build a $1 billion resort casino in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, meeting in Boston, voted unanimously to approve Mohegan Sun’s initial application for a casino license. It means the company has cleared an extensive background check into its finances and the ethics of its key employees. Jennifer Baruffaldi, a spokesperson for a pro-casino group in Palmer said she had no doubt Mohegan Sun would be judged “suitable” to hold a gaming license in Massachusetts.
If the project is endorsed by the town wide referendum on November 5th, Mohegan Sun can file its final application with the gaming commission. MGM, which wants to build a casino in Springfield, is waiting for a decision on its initial license application.