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Historic Land Creating Issues With Massachusetts Casino Plans

Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts have been in the gaming business for a long time. The two companies understand that crossing hurdles in an attempt to bring new casinos to an area where casinos did not exist is common, no matter what state they are in.

In Massachusetts, Wynn and Mohegan Sun are offering up rival bids to bring casinos to the state, and both are facing situations that could potentially damage their chances of developing casinos.

Mohegan Sun is in the toughest position, as the Massachusetts Historic Commission has sent a letter in opposition of Suffolk Downs' proposal to demolish a set of stables and barns on one side of the facility. Suffolk Downs has proposed rebuilding the stables on the other side of the track, but the commission believes moving the stable would be detrimental to the historic nature of the track.

The trouble for Mohegan Sun comes in with the idea that this may be a lengthy battle, and one that, according to analysts, could put the entire casino project in jeopardy.

For Wynn Resorts, their challenge is a bit more cut and dry. A contaminated industrial site is stalling the bidding process for Wynn. Authorities believe this too, could take a long time to correct, which would leave both Mohegan Sun and Wynn in costly court battles over their casino development.

State officials are looking into solutions for Suffolk Downs that would preserve the historic nature of the track, while also giving Mohegan Sun the necessary lead-way to complete the project.

Massachusetts lawmakers approved casino gambling last year after a several-year debate about the issue in Legislature. The state is expected to compete with New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for gambling supremacy once the casinos are competed.

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