REVERE, Mass. — Voters in Revere on Tuesday approved Mohegan Sun’s plan to build a $1.3 billion resort-style casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs.
The Mohegan Sun casino plan will now compete with Wynn Resorts’ Everett proposal for the sole eastern Massachusetts casino license.
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Revere voters approved a different casino plan at Suffolk Downs in November, but that proposal stretched into East Boston, where residents voted it down. The new proposal would be built on the Revere-only side of Suffolk Downs.
Mohegan Sun says its casino would bring Revere thousands of jobs, and $33 million upfront and at least $25 million in annual payments.
“It’s going to be economically transformative for Revere and really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said.
The proposal has the backing of Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo.
“The best is yet to come for Revere,” Rizzo said to a crowd of casino supporters after the votes came in. “This is our time.”
Opponents say a casino would bring more traffic, crime and gambling addiction and other social problems.
With reporting by the State House News Service.