East Boston Residents Speak Out Against Casino ProposalPlay
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, restaurants, entertainment venues, a hotel and the existing racetrack.
East Boston residents would have to vote in favor before the Suffolk Downs and its partner Caesars Entertainment can bid for a casino license from the state. Opponents are worried about traffic, crime, and real estate values.
Long-time East Boston resident and a founder of No Eastie Casino, Celeste Myers, joined WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss her take on the project.
This program aired on June 6, 2012.