Developer to seek law change allowing gambling in Wareham project


THIS IS THE SITE FOR THE LATEST
PROPOSAL FOR A GAMING RESORT IN
SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. BUT IT FACES NUMEROUS
CHALLENGES, INCLUDING RE-WRITING
THE STATE’S GAMING LAW. WHAT’S NOW A GRAVEL PIT IN
WAREHAM WOULD BECOME
THREE-HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR
RESORT WITH GAMBLING, A HOTEL
AND A HORSE RACING TRACK.>>LET ME STRESS THAT THIS IS
NOT ANOTHER CASINO PERMIT.>>DEVELOPER THOMAS O’CONNELL
SAYS HE AND HIS TEAM DO NOT WANT
TO BUILD A FULL-SIZED LAS
VEGAS-STYLE CASINO LIKE MGM
SPRINGFIELD OR ENCORE BOSTON
HARBOR IN EVERETT.>>I HAVE SERIOUS DOUBTS THAT A
FULL CATEGORY 1 DESTINATION
RESORT CASINO IS VIABLE IN THIS
MARKET.>>INSTEAD O’CONNELL WANTS THE
STATE TO GRANT HIM A CATEGORY
TWO LICENSE LIKE THE ONE FOR THE
SLOTS PARLOR IN PLAINVILLE. HE SAYS SAYS HE WOULD COMBINE
THAT WITH A HOTEL, A MINOR
LEAGUE BASEBALL PARK AND A
MILE-LONG HORSE RACING TRACK.>>IT IS DIFFICULT TO MAKE A
THOROUGH BREAD RACE TRACK WORK,
BUT ONCE YOU HAVE AN APPROPRIATE
LEVEL OF GAMING COMBINED WITH
THOROUGH BREAD RACING, IT REALLY
STARTS TO MAKE SENSE.>>THE WAREHAM PROPOSAL COMES ON
TOP OF AT LEAST TWO OTHERS
COMPETING FOR THE CASINO LICENSE
IN REGION C. BROCKTON VOTERS HAVE ALREADY
APPROVED BUILDING A CASINO
THERE. AND THE MASHPEE WAMPANOAG INDIAN
TRIBE IS SEEKING FEDERAL
APPROVAL FOR A CASINO IN
TAUNTON. DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE
CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC ?THE
OF COURSE. WHERE ARE THEY NOT WORRYING
THE WAREHAM DEVELOPERS SAY
THEIR PROPOSAL INCLUDES A NEW
HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE DIRECTLY OFF
ROUTE 25 BUT STOPPED SHORT OF
OFFERING TO PAY FOR IT.>>IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW IT WILL
BE FUNDED.>>CONVERTING THE AVAILABLE
CATEGORY 1 LICENSE INTO A
CATEGORY TWO LICENSE IS THE PART
THAT WOULD REQUIRE APPROVAL FROM
THE STATE LEGISLATURE. SO FAR NO SUCH BILL HAS BEEN
INTRODUCED ON BEACON HIL

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