Leominster signs casino agreement worth about $4M a year
Posted in the Fitchburg Forum
#1 Jul 18, 2013
LEOMINSTER — When Leominster began negotiations to host a 125,000-square-foot slots casino, talk was the city could get as much as $2 million per year.
It sounded good, but Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella said today that the Cordish Cos. of Baltimore, operating as PPE Casino Resorts MA, will pay the city as much as twice that to build and operate a 1,250-slot machine casino on Jungle Road at Route 117 and Interstate 190.
"I think we did OK," Mr. Mazzarella said at a press conference in the Leominster Access Television studios.
A similar plan, by a different developer, has been pitched in Millbury.
Mr. Mazzarella signed the host agreement this afternoon.
"There are still a few things to iron out," he said. "But we wanted to show this to the public as soon as possible."
Once the agreement is signed, the next step would be for the City Council to set a date for a referendum on the project. The city would have between 60 and 90 days to hold the vote. If the referendum supports the project, the company would need to present its final plan to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Mr. Mazzarella pitched the idea as a win for the city.
The details are that city would receive at least 2 percent of the gross gaming revenue from the slots only casino, which he said is estimated to be $4 million, or a minimum annual payment of $3.8 million. The minimum payment would include $1 million for property taxes, a $100,000 impact fee and a $2.7 million community impact fee.
The city would also benefit through excises taxes for all vehicles associated with the casino. The Cordish Cos. agreed to garage all its Leominster casino vehicles in the city.
Projections are there would be 600 construction jobs to build the casino, with the company agreeing to offer preference to Leominster residents and union workers. It is also estimated that there would be 500 to 700 permanent jobs at the casino, that it would add $25 million per year to the city's economy, and that the company would donate at least $50,000 per year to the Leominster Community Foundation.
The developers would also build any public infrastructure required by the Planning Board, construct a Leominster Police substation in the casino and include the local police and fire departments in developing a public safety plan.
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#2 Jul 18, 2013
Let me tell you now, "I told you so!" There may be pros and cons of having a casino but the pros right now look good for jobs and city revenue.
When I proposed that we submit plans for a casino spot you people put it down. Let me quote a few points here:
"The developers would also build any public infrastructure required by the Planning Board, construct a Leominster Police substation in the casino and include the local police and fire departments in developing a public safety plan"
"Projections are there would be 600 construction jobs to build the casino, with the company agreeing to offer preference to Leominster residents and union workers. It is also estimated that there would be 500 to 700 permanent jobs at the casino, that it would add $25 million per year to the city's economy, and that the company would donate at least $50,000 per year to the Leominster Community Foundation."
Fitchburg has been asleep on all these issues! We need to think outside of the box!
#3 Jul 18, 2013
Combining new police stations with new infrastructure projects has been the norm which Fitchburg must begin to explore!
Leominster will never fail because they are constantly thinking outside of the box. They constantly are thinking of ways to build up their community.
Will someone with Mazzarellas' train of thought please stand up and run for Mayor of Fitchburg.
We need such energy.
#4 Jul 19, 2013
The city and the hotel owners (Rte.2 Best Western, CoCo Key) did apply very early on but were not picked in the lottery.
Almost every city and town applied in the lottery. The lottery was not based on geographic status, class of population, etc. It was as simple as bingo. This kept it fair for all cities and towns so there wasn't any favoritism because of a community's economic status.
As for public safety plans. There is a public safety plan in place for all entities in the city. This is mandatory. It is not because of the casino. Although a casino does bring in more crime.
I see you haven't been to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun? All casino developers are required to build an infrastructure anyways because the increase of traffic. This nothing new.
A casino developer does not care about the community, they want to make money. Donate $50,000 per year? A casino makes that in 1 minute. They should be donating $50 million per year since our home values will drop. Go to Connecticut and do some research.
#5 Jul 19, 2013
You need a job.
You cannot comment on jobs if you don't have one. You don't have any credibility.
#6 Jul 19, 2013
Every city and town in Massachusetts wants a shot at a casino because it brings in revenue. The fact that it also brings in lots of other things is what will get overlooked. I feel bad for all the kids that will be in families where Mom and Dad spend every last penny in the casino because they have gambling problems, and having a casino that much closer will make it that much easier to make the limited funds disappear...yes, lets bring that right into the twin cities by all means.
#7 Jul 19, 2013
You are correct. The casino community will see an increase in crime. Poverty will rise dramatically and we are already overloaded with welfare here.
The local resident's will be able to gamble away their income and also their life because of the casino being so close and accessible. They will become welfare dependent. This also lowers the home values in the community.
This is not the same for casino guests who would travel here. They are here for the overall experience and they do not become a gambling addict because they do not live next to the casino.
I feel bad for Leominster if they get a casino. But it would make Fitchburg the place to live to get away from all the casino traffic.
#8 Jul 19, 2013
your a idiot LAMO
you didn;t say anthing LAMO
Call the FBI LAMO!
#9 Jul 19, 2013
Dirty burg will get a new jail or prison, they'll need more cops armed with tasers, rifles, and machine guns time for the dirty burg to get humvees and apc's
#10 Jul 19, 2013
We gang bangers are against a casino. We are not going to have such a casino cut into our profits.
#11 Jul 19, 2013
I agree, my boyfriend who doesn't live with me but does spend the nights and weekends at my place (wink) and who is not the father of my kids (wink)works a professional job and earns around $140K a year as a construction company manager.
I live in a Section 8 funded apartment, all utilities paid for. My boyfriend lets me use his BMW since I cannot afford to have a car (wink). He owns a new Ford Heavy duty pickup so he can go to the job sites.
I usually just go jogging around the cemetery along Electric Ave. and then some gym time at Global fitness on Summer St. and then off to do some shopping at Macy's while my boyfriend is at work as my kids are in the government paid day care program. This allows me the freedom to do as I please everyday. My kids get picked up and dropped off for free by all those maroon van pool vans that you see everywhere.
Every so often my boyfriend will invite me (wink) to go on trips to Puerto Rico, St.Thomas, St.Lucia, Hawaii and so on.
My boyfriend was able to bank all of his income for the past 10 years because visiting me he did not have any expenses (wink).
So now my boyfriend is looking to buy a home on the Cape with beachfront property for around $800K.
So hopefully in a year I won't be on welfare any longer and I will live and marry him and he will legally adopt my kids (wink).
I could not have done it without the assistance from the EBT program.
#12 Jul 19, 2013
Leominster gets casino
Fitchburg gets chickens in every yard
#13 Jul 19, 2013
So, Lynch, if you think Leominster getting a slots parlor is so brilliant, why are you on The Real Fitchburg Facebook page compaining about the sewerage? What is with you?
#14 Jul 19, 2013
I'm surprised the state will allow this to happen. I thought they controlled the gambling here. Oops got to go and get granny $50 worth of Masscash/Powerball/Megamillion /scratch tickets etc... so she can win back $2 and think she won something.
#15 Jul 19, 2013
Also the Churches will take a hit. They are used to taking money off elderly women who can't hear or see. For example Bingo caller 'B7' elderly lady 'E7 again??? He's calling a lot of E's tonight.'.
Since: Feb 10
#16 Jul 19, 2013
It has a long way to go before it becomes a reality. The voters will have too be sold on it first. You're also right, the elderly will be spending all their church bingo money and whatever else they can scrounge for the slots if it becomes a reality. They're like flies on shit when it comes to the one arm bandits.
#17 Jul 19, 2013
You don't know how to spell BINGO.
#18 Jul 19, 2013
Well, I guess there's no fooling a genius like you. Here's a little hint (there'e no E in idiot either). Just think about it.
#19 Jul 19, 2013
Now that you have made me look silly if you don't mind I'm going to go buy a lottery ticket and then play slots on an online casino because there is no way to gamble in Fitchburg!
#20 Jul 19, 2013
Let them get the casino so they will have so money to pay us back for signing off on all the massive developments within Leominster. They went way beyond what is feasible as they displayed negligence by allowing all that building of homes and catch basins as they sent a sunami of waste water into Fitchburg causing our system to overflow.
Leominster is liable for such negligence. They were duped by the proponents of all those projects.
So logically I am pushing for Leominster casino so they can pay Fitchburg back.
Lets be real here! Why should residents in Fitchburg have to pay over 60% increases to their water and sewer bills as people profited Millions? Why?
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