The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes have proposed building a third casino in Connecticut, and have selected East Windsor to build a new entertainment and gaming facility.
East Windsor is near Bradley International Airport and just off of Interstate 91 and slightly north of Hartford.
“From the beginning, we’ve said that we want to site our new facility in a town that’s eager to have us. With the unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen, East Windsor fits that bill, and we’re thrilled to enter into a partnership with them,” Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said Monday.
“Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal of saving Connecticut jobs and revenue,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “We’re honored to have the community of East Windsor by our side as we move forward with bringing our facility to life.”
A development agreement was voted on and passed unanimously by the East Windsor Board of Selectmen on Saturday. The agreement states that MMCT will pay the town $3 million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT will also pay the town $3 million annually on top of regular tax payments, which are expected to total approximately $5.5 million per year.
About 75 percent of the positions at the casino will be full-time. No less than 4 percent of the casino workforce will be made up of East Windsor residents, and no less than 15 percent of employees will live within a 25-mile radius of the facility.
Mashantucket Pequot tribe operates Foxwoods and Mohegan tribe operates the Mohegan Sun in the eastern part of the state.