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Foxwoods is New Partner for Crossroads Casino

The Boston Globe reports that Foxwoods Resort has joined David Nunes as a full partner in his Crossroads Massachusetts resort casino application.

The application for a resort casino in Milford has taken on a new face: Foxwoods.

Foxwoods Resort Casino has joined on to the Crossroads Massachusetts application as a full partner, according to a report Sunday in The Boston Globe.

Scott Butera, chief executive of Foxwoods, told the Globe the Milford location would not compete with the resort in Ledyard, CT, and would be the best candidate for the metro Boston casino license.

The shift in partners comes as the application made by David Nunes is before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a Phase I review, which evaluates the finances of the applicants, and whether they have the appropriate integrity for the project. This will include a background investigation of key employees and investors, according to the state commission.

An overview of the applications released by the Gaming Commission on Jan. 15, the deadline date, named Warner Gaming as the sole partner for the Crossroads Massachusetts effort. The full application has not yet been released to the public.

Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the Gaming Commission, said Monday nothing prevents an applicant from adding a new partner, either for operating the gaming facility or for financing.

"Anybody that's newly identified still needs to go through the extensive background process," she said.

At this point, she said, several of the applicants are still in the process of identifying partners.

a group that is organizing opposition to the Milford location, shared the Boston Globe report among its followers Sunday. Ken Rockett, an organizer of the group, said he felt the involvement of Foxwoods would strengthen the casino application for Phase I.

"It's a known player," he said. And as best he could determine, Foxwoods "has deeper pockets. It only strengthens their application."

Crossroads Massachusetts is competing with two applications in the Boston metro area for the single license available in the Boston to Worcester region. The competitors are a plan by eight partners, including Ceasars Entertainment, to redevelop Suffolk Downs in East Boston, and another by Wynn Resorts to redevelop an industrial site in Everett.

Myd Nevins February 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Paranoia at its best. And this 451 is just one of the reasons why I can't take the casino opponents seriously.
Michael Soares February 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Maybe Milford could use the casino to its advantage. Our selectman have already expressed an interest in taking over Milford Water Company. But where will the money come from? The casino project, a $700 million development, could pay for the acquisition if they play their cards right. Just saying...
Jim February 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hi, Jennifer. Somehow this discussion has become a bit argumentative. I don't wish to argue but do wish to add data to help with your "hard to believe" statement. The casino is "slated to be almost directly off the highway" is true: and the access road is DIRECTLY across from my street on Rt 16. So, all of the traffic on that road will impact my ability to get onto 16. Your statement "that traffic won't effect (sic) us" is not true but maybe you won't personally be affected. There are many of us that will be affected, hence, the debate. The traffic is just one issue. I have read dozens of reports with lots of conflicting data and, as someone said elsewhere, "cherry picked" data. In the long run if you read the reports from objective sources you will see the impact of the casino will be a negative one on Milford.
Private Snowball February 11, 2013 at 09:20 PM
A casino? We couldn't even get the roads cleaned up for school today and we think Milford can handle a casino? It's a bad idea. We are a small town and we don't need anymore crime and drugs coming to our streets. It's bad enough we pay for the illegals to be here, we don't need to pay for a casino and it's problems too.
x February 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Like most everybody else in Milford I am for jobs and a boost in the local economy. Milford is a community of working class people trying to live a decent quality of life. The prospects of low paying service jobs offered by the casino is really not true economic prosperity for this town. The only winners for this casino proposal are the owners, investors and of course the politicians. Milford town officials and selectmen should not get caught up on the hype and lure of big money casino. They need to understand the safety and security of the tax paying working class people and their children in Milford is priority. This should be a guide on how the Milford town government and selectmen need to handle this casino proposal. Selectmen and Milford town government need to be a little smarter and more creative to develop that land into some type of industrial zone. Putting out incentives to bring in Bio-tech, R&D and IT companies for good quality jobs. This option is a lot less of an impact on Milford and would provide true long-term economic benefits to the whole town and local area businesses. Yeah, it’s probably a lot harder to develop an industrial zone and attract businesses to it. But let’s not let our political leaders get lazy and take the easy way out with big money casino that will only really benefit a few people and hurt the rest of us.
Ralph February 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Agreed Myd. Although I am against the Casino in Milford, this is out of line.
Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Well fellow "Jennifer"...since you're so convince I'm not a person here in Milford: Here is my email standuptoMWC@gmail.com. I'll be more than happy to arrange a time for you and I to speak/email where I can show you documentation of my life. I've lived here 30 years, owned two homes, have two dogs licensed here, three vehicles, and a small child ready to go into school. I care about this town and always have (which if you can't tell is why THAT email is what it is). No I will NOT publicly disclose my actual employer as they are NOT and SHOULD NOT be included in a discussion that is of my own personal belief. They are a medium to large size non-profit in a neighboring town. I'm both state and federally licensed to hold a job with them, as well as holding other licenses. NONE of which are even remotely tied to either the "PR Firm" or "Foxwoods" (I've actually never been to foxwoods, so it would be hard to work for them lol) So here is your denial. I do NOT work for anyone connected to the casino. I will NOT change my name. I WILL tell you that you are wrong, and I will NEVER apologize for not blindly following along on the road easiest traveled, or accept unsubstantiated facts. I will ALWAYS do my homework, and research BEFORE i form an opinion. I WILL always join a discussion that involves my town because it's important to talk about it. Let me know when you want to chat, so we can clear up this "paranoia" you seem to have going. :) Have a great day.
Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Thanks Mary. I'm sure it helps that you've met me in person. ;)
Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 12:58 AM
I would rather have "HELP" than shoulder all the costs on our taxes. You're NEVER going to have a town free of thugs, casinos or not, and sadly, what seems to be missed is that those "Thugs" the previous poster I was talking about were on "Tribal" lands so there were things that prevented full prosecution. HERE in Milford we're a "Commercial Casino" which means people like that could be FULLY prosecuted and dealt with. I Never said "bus them in", and I'm sorry but a job IS a job. Not everyone in the world has a high paying benefit riddled job. Look at almost every waitress ALREADY in Milford. Do you already BOYCOTT most of the "chain" restaurants in Milford? Why would I ask? Bcause those are also "low paying jobs with no benefits"? How about the kids at Dunkin or McDonalds? The casino jobs(and for that matter any job in the restaurant industry around here and throughout the country) might not make you a ton of money but if it provides 1 person a chance at getting off welfare, or food stamps, then thats not a bad thing. If it give someone an opportunity to pick up a shift here and there as a second income, to you maybe save for a college fund, or pay off their loans more quickly, even better. Nothing wrong with working something "below your station" if it helps "keep your head above water".
Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I agree with developing the industrial areas more, but those have their drawbacks too. They tend to get tax incentives (ie they get x number of years tax free, or at a steep discount) that certainly don't't benefit us, yet they still draw on our resources the same as a casino would (to a certain extent). It needs to be an equal balance, and honestly this town has been burned already with tax incentives. Look at Bio-Measure leaving. The problem is our town is a little "too far out" to really have a foothold against Boston which has more r&d/it/biotech facilities/contacts/networks/resources. EMC and Waters are both here, but that's about all we've been able to keep so far. We're "small potatoes" to the boston area, and we can't give them the things they or their employees really want or need. If you look, only 1 of our selectman has taken a stance so far. two of the three have said -lets wait and see what their proposal is, and if they get the license go from there-.So I can't really see how they're getting "lured in" yet. Them giving proper thought about, but no decisions as of yet isn't horrible I posted a study to Ralph earlier, and it's shown that there are really very few statistically positive or negative effects on neighboring towns across the board.We only really make out in slightly increased property values and increased state revenue which eventually trickles down to the town.
Dennis Wilson February 12, 2013 at 02:06 AM
An aspect of such a large enterprise being located in Milford that concerns me is its potential impact on many future decisions that the town might make. The point that I'm aiming at is this: would an enterprise this big have such an impact on the town that the town would find itself granting whatever future requests for changes to existing laws and regulations that a casino might want? Would it become, "if it's good for the casino, it's good for Milford"? For example, Massachusetts has an existing ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. I believe smoking will be allowed in Massachusetts casinos. If that is correct, it seems that even before a spade is put in the ground, the casino industry has been able to override an existing Massachusetts law that many, many people feel is beneficial. Even if the casinos are required to have a non-smoking gambling section, that doesn't make it for me. They still have rolled over an existing law in order to serve their own purpose. Would there be more such situations and would Milford be able to stand its ground?
Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 03:06 AM
dennis-why do you think they're going to over turn the smoking ban in the casino? Everything I've read from the State says no, but maybe you've read something I haven't?
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 12, 2013 at 03:41 AM
The issue of traffic is still, for me, the biggest one. Or at least the most obvious one. Milford has a huge traffic problem, and that can ONLY be made worse by putting a casino here. I have a lot of other issues with it, and agree with posters like x above. But the prospect of the traffic actually getting WORSE is the thing that really makes me angry. I'm disappointed in our local officials for not taking a much stronger, preemptive stand on this one...
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 12, 2013 at 03:42 AM
And as for the casino somehow solving our water problem, I REALLY don't buy that!
x February 12, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Jennifer - You bring up good points on the difficulty and drawbacks of getting large companies into Milford. Although, Westborough which is also a “little too far” from Boston has a large size industrial zone with companies like BJ’s EMC, Traveler’s Insurance, TJX and Bose, etc. Also, I really can’t see how an industrial park would draw as much resources or nearly as the proposed casino. This casino will be operating 24/7 and will have visitors coming from all directions. A lot of these visitors will be staying overnight or for multiple days. It is pretty obvious a casino will generate more traffic and generate more police and EMS related calls than an Industrial park would. (Are there any studies to make a comparison?) David Condrey, manager of the Milford Water Company stated on WMRC radio this morning that he has concerns if the water company could provide enough water to the proposed casino site. Would he have the same concerns for an industrial park on that site? Finally, you cited one study “there are really very few statistically positive or negative effects on neighboring towns across the board. We only really make out in slightly increased property values and increased state revenue”. Can you cite multiple independent studies that show similar results for other communities that host a casino and its neighbors? If so, please post them.
Chris February 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Great article. This should be required reading for the entire town of Milford, surrounding towns, and all of the State officials associated with gambling.
Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 04:58 AM
x-good points. I can certainly look for comparative studies between the resource consumption of both and let you know what I find. I have some other studies that basically show the same finding on casino traffic/crime stats. I'll post them for you separately (as they're saved on my desktop not my tablet). I do see a pretty big difference between Westborough and Milford though.Particularly it's geographical layout,positioning in the state and resources. There are other things to be considered though in why we don't really compete for industrial. We can't provide them QUALITY water (integral to biotech), our tech resources are few (Verizon and Comcast can't (or won't) install critical systems they need), and we're farther from Boston (time can be critical in any field , being 45 minutes vs. 30 minutes away from Boston is a big difference to them sometimes) As I don't have numbers from the Casino on what they expect their "average use" of water to be, it's hard to compare to Milfords already high volume users.(although from what I've read about similar casinos it's about 200k gals a day) the other thing is that we have NO idea if they plan to install water recycling or treatment facilities, so this could all be a mute point to start...I did hear of David's remarks but I'm surprised as he's already stated MWC WOULD NOT have the capability to feed it(except maybe for fire protection) in Patch, MD News, the Courier, and in DEP docs. I'll post those studies for you asap.
Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 04:59 AM
who said the casino would solve our water problem?!
Jennifer February 13, 2013 at 04:59 AM
you're 100% right Ralph...ANYTHING can get spun, and that is why I can't and won't base my decision on one study. or one set of "facts" set out by the "against the casino" groups. As I've said, I'm SURE we'll add traffic, but not in the droves that everyone seems to think are going to swamp Main St. As I said above, I'm SURE they will come, but what my point is, is that that increase in traffic shows almost NO statistical difference to the surrounding towns, so why is it an argument. I apologize for the condescending tone, I really do, it was more directed to the other "condesending" comments from other posters. I don't know where the water will come from. I readily admit that, and I don't think any of us will know until the proposal becomes public with details. Honestly as long as it's NOT MWC supplying it then why do we care? If they work out a deal with ashland and ashland takes it who are we to say that's a bad thing? More revenue for Ashland, good for them. I don't know why EVERYONE seems up in arms before we even know if their proposal is accepted..until then, and until we SEE the plans everyone is making wild "assumptions" and that's hurting the "For" and "Against".... know what I mean?
Ralph February 14, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Fair enough Jennifer !
x February 15, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Jennifer - where are the studies you promised to post? You made statements above that these studies would prove.
Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 03:53 AM
sorry x- they were showing here in the comments as "pending approval" yesterday (another of my comments is pending as well, so i'm not sure if I've been "flagged" and that is why you're not seeing them?). Still nothing as far as direct comparisons of Casino vs. Industry, but i'll keep looking and see what I can find. mail.csufresno.edu/.../EffectofCasinoGamblingonCrime.pdf walkerd.people.cofc.edu/pubs/JGBE_GM.pdf lansingkewadin.files.wordpress.com/.../casinos-and-crime-u-s-... www.sagepub.com/isw4/overviews/pdfs/Stitt.pdf https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:9fxQnKeS7ikJ:jayalbanese.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Albanese_ACityCasinos_1985.354141820.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESi1FZrr75htXZ0a62rTBBglvmbzfUKPCY2Z9AnuKqjd0HO3SUHuHP9Z9ZmNDe6mIkdsX5A5GGc_oWMW0eMBRYsAV2hXuwJYhNDmdjkhpBA-8vTM5DoIj4yaY3DnFPilXq3Zn0R9&sig=AHIEtbT1pdg8MvsBFNhYwZCCCRWbTVYCKA https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:U8aP_Jpz1YMJ:www.economics.ku.edu/seminars/Friday/papers(1011)/dec8.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgbCVS7iVVNUBb-a-vEGesGf8-2L6YEr6WTz3fkxRcf-tBqctnI_8z9Vh-M_DevvrNelqDQA6zEP0Rqpw3lQrbFDKsMRTtQcU0CTCV-l0N4bsoUb9yhZZGrAqniHs0rio-LkIHj&sig=AHIEtbS6PTLsE0yhcyWkVneXNl0S1Xk1cw http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/ngisc/index.html govinfo.library.unt.edu/ngisc/reports/gibstdy.pdf Not sure if all the links will work, some seem to be "abbreviated".I downloaded all in PDF, so let me know and I can forward via email. standuptoMWC@gmail.com.
Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 03:55 AM
ps. I also have the studies that some of these "reference" which might be helpful, but I pulled those off of a scholarly subscription source in full text pdf, so i can't "link" to them. I'll try and find those via regular internet as well, and link to them in case you want them. Sorry for the delay!
Ed Bertorelli February 15, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I wonder where some of the bloggers have been for the past 30 years- Milford has a very agressive program to attract businesses- the town (with money from the state built Fortune Blvd from scratch)- Milford's industrial base is strong and its finances are solid. Companies come and go but Milford was very directly impacted by rte 495. Milford is is the eviable position of not 'needing' a casino. But bloggers most points do not consider that the EPA and DEP will be very reluctant or downright veto any development that will affect the Charles River acquifer which starts in Hopkinton and makes up the bulk of Milford's water supply. Towns along the Charles are already on notice to limit use. A casino would be a large stress on the acquifer.
matt susaka February 18, 2013 at 03:40 AM
How manycars do you really think are going to be here to seriosly effect traffic??!! The entire casio isnt going to evacuate and then completely fill up everuday. There isnt goig to be 1000's of extra cars a day. Monday-thursdayquetier than weekends. Probably wont notice much during the week. If you people dont want the casino dont hide behind these ideas traffic,sm businesses will close because it makes no sense. Leet your real, shallow minded thoughts out witll be a lot
MilfordMomof3 February 18, 2013 at 01:41 PM
It is difficult to take your point seriously with the awful grammar and punctuation. Anyway, have any of the town officials or police department stated if they feel traffic will be an issue? Or if they feel they can handle the casino fine with our resources(police, fire, water)?
Ed Bertorelli February 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
One question that needs addressing is whether the casino would have access roads from rtes 16 or 85. Or would access be limited to a new exit on rte 495.
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 18, 2013 at 02:27 PM
It is patently obvious that 1) the traffic congestion in Milford is already notorious, and 2) the traffic will increase with any large and successful business that depends upon a steady stream of non-resident clients. Anyone who has driven anywhere near Foxwoods any evening of the week can verify this. As for the other, equally valid questions--about Milford's already "stressed" water supply, about HOW, exactly, and with what GUARANTEES, Milford will benefit in terms of jobs, etc., etc.--we're still waiting. At this stage, there's nothing to be afraid of, but there's a LOT to wonder about, and if some of the bigger questions don't begin to receive attention from the local politicians and the "Crossroads" contingent, that will be a bad sign. I get tired of town politicians and businesses bulldozing their way through the rights of the residents, and as this issue will have a long term effect on OUR community, we'd better get some answers--in writing--and soon.
MilfordMomof3 February 18, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Exactly. All I am asking for is some information from the town officials.
Kelly Roney February 18, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Our Rep. Carolyn Dykema is <a href="http://www.boston.com/yourtown/2013/02/17/nunes-promises-meetings-milford-casino-proposal-promise-details-casino-partner-casino-proposal-details-offered-meetings-details-milford-casino-plan-promised/9Do2Hnwub3ecYYiC0TgTUJ/story.html">looking out for us</a>: <blockquote>State Representative Carolyn Dykema, a Holliston Democrat who represents Hopkinton, Southborough, and part of Westborough, was critical of the new partnership, and said the progression of the proposal with new financing and still no outreach to surrounding towns is a problem. “It seemed a bit sketchy before and it seems even more so now,” she said after the Foxwoods announcement. “We need to have a lot of questions answered, and this just raises more.”</blockquote>

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