Supporters, Opponents of Milford, Mass. Casino Rally - NECN

Supporters, Opponents of Milford, Mass. Casino Rally



    Foxwoods hopes to build $1B casino resort off I-495; voters must decide Tuesday (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: John Moroney) - It is a busy weekend in Milford, Mass. as people for and against a proposed $1 billion casino prepare for what could be a historic vote Tuesday.

    At one intersection, casino opponents stood out with signs, listening to honks of support while hoping to convince undecided voters to say no.

    "I've been here for 28 years in Milford, and I feel strongly that there are no redeeming qualities in it," said Judy Messenger. "It would not improve my life at all."

    Foxwoods wants to build a world-class resort casino just off Interstate 495. Voters must pass the plan, or it dies. Supporters gathered at the Hoboken Club for a rally and lunch less than 70 hours before the polls open.

    "I love Milford and I'd like to see the casino come in because it will help us with our taxes," said Helen Schwenker.

    There were two important developments for the Milford casino only days before the vote. The state's Gaming Commission said Friday that the proposal could move forward, while Foxwoods announced a new partnership with Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. to help with the finances.

    "We're very pleased to have it done," said developer David Nunes. "We're very pleased to know that we're fully financed and we're ready to go."

    Foxwoods is looking to secure the only casino license for Eastern Massachusetts. Others casinos are proposed for Everett as well as East Boston and Revere. Voters in those communities are divided over the casino question.

    The same is true in Milford.

    Even if Milford voters do endorse the casino on Tuesday, that will not be the end of it. A town meeting must then approve the plan on December 9.