Friday, May 3, 2013
Towns bordering Milford were among those who submitted comments by Friday to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on its proposed process for reviewing resort casino applications.
Hopkinton and Medway have expressed strong concern that the state is not adequately protecting communities near proposed resort casino sites. The comments, made to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, as part of a public hearing on its proposed process for evaluating resort casino applications, were released Friday. In addition, state Sen. Karen Spilka, state Rep. Carolyn Dykema and Rep. Jeffrey Roy — whose districts include Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, Franklin and Medway — have sent a letter that expresses concern about the communities' access to expertise to evaulate the proposal for Milford, and a commission timeline that could compress the review. Foxwoods Massachusetts, which is seeking a license for a resort casino near I-495 in …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Developer David Nunes has told town officials he is no longer the contact for Crossroads Massachusetts.
The developer who applied for a casino license for a Milford gaming facility is no longer in charge of the proposal, according to the Boston Globe. David Nunes, a Colorado-based developer, told town officials in a memo that he would no longer be the contact for Crossroads Massachusetts. The casino application is one of three before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. On Monday night, the Milford Board of Selectmen will hold a meeting, and anticipate a presentation from the developers of the casino for the first time since the application. The meeting will be held in the Upper Chambers of Milford Town Hall.
Monday, April 1, 2013
A poll of Boston residents conducted on behalf of the Boston Globe found 44 percent favor a resort casino at Suffolk Downs racetrack. But more strongly dislike the casino, than strongly support it.
The first poll conducted of Boston residents who may vote on a resort casino proposal, commissioned by the Boston Globe, found a narrow majority favor redevelopment of the Suffolk Downs racetrack. The poll of Boston residents found 44 percent were in favor, while 37 percent were opposed. The poll included residents across Boston, although the city has not yet decided whether the referendum vote will be just for the East Boston voting precincts, or citywide, the paper reported. A portion of the racetrack property is also in Revere. No poll has yet been conducted in Milford or in Everett, the other two communities that have active casino proposals. Groups have formed to oppose both the Milford and the Suffolk Downs casino proposals. The …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Draft regulations for how the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will gather and evaluate final applications for resort casinos were approved Thursday. Public comment will be collected for the next month before the commission adopts final regulations.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a first draft of regulations Thursday that will guide how it evaluates resort casino proposals, setting up a process that will require developers to demonstrate community, regulatory and financial support for their projects. Milford is among three communities that has been identified by developers seeking the single license available for a resort casino in the greater Boston region. The development proposed for Milford is called "Crossroads Massachusetts" and is being advanced by Colorado-based developer David Nunes, working with partners Warner Gaming and Foxwoods Resort Casino. The proposed location is undeveloped land east of Interstate 495 and north of Route 16, near the Holliston line. The …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Holliston, Hopkinton and Medway have all submitted comments to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on how to define "surrounding communities."
Three towns bordering Milford have sent letters to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, arguing for more protection from the proposed casino for surrounding communities. Holliston, Hopkinton and Medway each submitted a statement as part of a public comment period for the proposed regulations. The casino site in Milford identified by the devloper of "Crossroads Massachusetts" is on the east side of I-495 and north of Route 16, closer to Holliston than most of Milford's residential areas. But under the state law that authorized expanded gaming in Massachusetts, only Milford voters will get to determine if a casino application moves forward to state consideration. Under the proposed regulations, surrounding communities will have an …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The crowd that showed up for the Milford Selectmen's meeting Monday spilled into the hallways and extended up to the main floor of Milford Town Hall. The chairman would not move the board's meeting to the upper chamber.
Several hundred people attempted to attend the Milford Selectmen's meeting Monday, to listen to a scheduled presentation of casino opponents. The board chairman would not move the meeting to the Town Hall's upper chambers to accommodate the turnout, angering many in the crowd, who would not leave the building and tried to jam into the smaller meeting space. "Move it to a bigger room upstairs," called out one man, frustrated because he could not see the presentation, nor hear it. At one point, Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin tried to create a channel into the selectmen's room, telling people they needed to comply with the state Fire Code. The representatives of Casino-Free Milford had been scheduled to give a 20-minute presentation, …
Friday, March 15, 2013
In a letter, the co-chairmen of Casino-Free Milford encourage Milford residents to stand with them Monday, and show town selectmen that there is strong opposition to the casino.
Friday, March 15
Editor's Note: the following letter was distributed Friday by Steven Trettel and John Seaver, co-chairmen of Casino-Free Milford. Milford has a long rich history steeped in pride and tradition. Many families, including ours, have roots in Milford, dating back several generations. We have proudly watched our families and extended families grow, all making the decision to live in Milford. Instilled in us as children, that sense of love and pride in community is what inspired us to give back to Milford, each becoming involved in the Church and town affairs. Through the years, we have seen Milford change, grow and develop, becoming a thriving community. We now have access to major highways and continue to welcome many new citizens, …
The Milford Board of Selectmen has invited a group opposed to a casino in Milford to address the board Monday.
Editor's Note: At the request of the Milford Selectmen, a group that is opposed to a casino in Milford will present some of their concerns at the board's March 18 meeting. A Colorado-based developer, David Nunes, has applied for a state license to place a resort-style casino in Milford, on acreage near the Holliston line, east of I-495 and north of Route 16. The group opposed to the proposed "Crossroads Massachusetts" casino, Casino-Free Milford, is expected to address the board beginning at 7:20 p.m. Monday. The group released the following statement on Thursday: Casino-Free Milford, a growing movement of Milford citizens concerned about the proposed development of a destination resort casino in town, is urging all Milford residents to …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The opponents of a Milford casino proposal met this week to organize their efforts.
The opposition to a Milford casino is gaining organization and people, and beginning a campaign to reach potential voters. Although opponents to the casino project live in several towns, including Milford, only Milford voters will have a direct say in whether the casino proposal moves forward. The town will get a referendum vote on the project, if the developer reaches an agreement with town officials. The Casino Free Milford group held a private, organizational meeting at Milford Town Hall on Wednesday, according to a release from the organization. The group intially met in a public session last month, but this time held a members-only meeting. According to a written summary distributed to media following the meeting, the crowd was …
If Milford moves ahead on a casino, Holliston, Hopkinton and other potential surrounding communities will have to reach agreement with the developer or face binding arbitration.
Communities that surround Milford could have several months and an opportunity to get outside financing to consider the impacts of a casino development, on issues including traffic and public safety. But if Milford voters agree to move ahead on a proposed casino, the surrounding towns would have to reach an agreement on mitigating impacts with that developer, or face binding arbitration, under a proposal being considered by the state's gaming authorities. The proposed framework for so-called "surrounding community" agreements, and procedures, was discussed at length Thursday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and its staff. Milford is a potential host community for a resort casino, under an application submitted to the state by …