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Boston’s Suffolk Downs Unveils Casino Proposal

Update at 11:45 a.m.: Suffolk Downs’ owners have unveiled plans for a $1 billion resort-style casino at the horse-racing track.

The proposal for the 163-acre site includes 200,000 square feet of gaming space, including 200 table games and 4,000 to 5,000 slot machines; up to 10 restaurants; entertainment venues; a hotel; and the existing racetrack.

As Murphy detailed to us earlier (see below), Suffolk Downs officials say the casino proposal would create 2,500 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs. They also say the casino would generate about $200 million in annual tax revenue.

Click the above slideshow for two additional renderings of The Resort at Suffolk Downs.

Update at 10:00 a.m.: A leading contender to win the state’s only Greater Boston casino license plans to detail its proposal on Tuesday.

A resort-style casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston would include hundreds of gaming tables, more than 2,000 slot machines and a 300-room hotel, according to Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, who received a sneak peek of the plan.

Murphy told WBUR that he’s “pleasantly surprised” by the proposal for the 77-year-old horse-racing track.

“I always envisioned something that was maybe overbuilt going on the site,” Murphy told Morning Edition host Bob Oakes in an interview. “What I saw was something that was much more to common scale, a lot more green space than I had envisioned.”

He also spoke highly of the plan’s touted economic benefits.

“Twenty-five hundred construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs when they’re all said and done,” Murphy said. “It would be a great shot in the arm economically for the City of Boston and for the region.”

Murphy said Suffolk Downs’ owners are also prepared to spend as much as $40 million on road and infrastructure improvements by the site, which borders East Boston and Revere.

Suffolk Downs and its partner, Las Vegas’ Caesars Entertainment, plan to negotiate host community agreements with both communities that would have to be approved by voters.

A Milford developer has also said he plans to apply for the Boston-area casino license.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

    It would have been nice  if they could have planned more than a place to gamble or sleep. Resorts that have a wider range of activities tend to perform better and have less issues.

    • J__o__h__n

      It would canibalize Boston’s existing entertainment venues. 

      • VETRA10

        ROUTE 1A WILL BE PERMENANT GRID LOT AND NORTHSHORE COMMUTERS WON’T BE GETTING HOME FROM THERE.  PEOPLE LIVING IN WINTHROP WILL BE LAND LOCKED.  THIS IS A VERY BAD LOCATION UNLESS A “NEW HIGHWAY” OR “TUNNEL” IS BUILD.
        THEREFORE, I AM MANY OTHERS WILL BE 100% AGAINST ANY DEVELOPEMENT

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7VOTY7WU62AHDAGWR6HBGJ64Y ThomasB

    One of the radio stations did a poll this week and for what its worth, the public was opposing it by a count of two to one (70% against, 30% for). Oblivious to this fact, the Mayor sounds a lot like Deval Patrick when the latter said, in 2007, casinos would 1.      generate $2 billion for the state economy and 2.      add $400 million in annual casino revenue and 3.      $200 million in fees per license to the state coffers as well as 4.      add $50 million to $80 million in sales, meal, and hotel taxes. Patrick also said that casinos would create 30,000 construction jobs and 20,000 permanent jobs.and  that the revenue generated could be spent 1.      to beef up local law enforcement, 2.      create a state gambling regulatory agency, 3.      repair roads and bridges ($200 million), 4.      gambling addiction treatment ($50 million) and 5.      the remainder would go towards property tax relief.
    (its amazing what a sledgehammer to the kneecap can do).
    We all saw what happened to Sal DiMasi when he shot that one down, so noone should fault mumbles for going against public opinion (and common sense).
    Yes East Boston has just been sold, and maggots will have their usual feeding frenzy before things go back to normal.  If you want to know why Suffolk Downs hasn’t been doing well lately, and how it will be when the latest crop of maggots fly away to the next carcass, maybe you should have a look at a book called “My Life in the Mafia” by Vincent Teresa.
    There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, but as usual this has been the wrong way to cash in on addictions. Just as some people shouldn’t drink, or drug, or smoke, or drive cars for that matter, so too some people shouldn’t gamble and unfortunately, you will never see a valid study that says that any of these glitzy casinos can make a dime in profits without the problem gamblers.
    If you really want to bring in more money than goes out, build a high-roller casino into Fort Independence and make it off limits to locals.

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