Monday, July 19, 2010

Mohegans Now Facing Competing Proposal For Western Massachusetts Casino

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Updated with footnote

Should Massachusetts approve a casino in the western part of that state the Mohegans will now have competition in securing a casino license.

The owners of the Wyckoff Country Club in the town of Holyoke, near Springfield, want to turn their 100-acre golf course into a casino resort, according to an AP article in the Boston Globe.

Residents of Holyoke have previously approved ballot questions supporting a casino in the town.

The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts is now in the hands of a committee comprosed of Senate and House lawmakers who are charged with agreeing on a gambling bill for the governor's signature.

Note: According to an article that appeared on Tuesday, July 20, on, the group seeking to develop the Wyckoff country club resort is called Paper City Development. The key partner is "Joseph A. Lashinger Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens Fla., a former Pennsylvania lawmaker who has been involved with the Harrah’s and Bally’s Entertainment casino companies" and locals are Holyoke attorney Aaron W. Wilson and former Springfield City Councilor Anthony Ravosa Jr.