Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes release new rendering of East Windsor casino

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EAST WINDSOR -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes released Wednesday, an updated rendering of the East Windsor casino.

The rendering was submitted to the town as a part of the local approval process.

"We're excited," said MMCT spokesperson Andrew Doba. "We're continuing to work with local officials, and we're pushing ahead."

The proposed development will be a nearly 200,000 square foot facility with roughly 2,000 slot machines and 60 table games. Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2018, with an opening date tentatively scheduled for the Spring of 2020.

It's expected to create or preserve nearly 4,300 jobs, plus create another 2,300 jobs for construction.

“From the start, we pledged to create a world-class facility that will be a draw for people throughout the entire region,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler. “These renderings help bring to life our vision for this site, and we thank the town for working with us every step of the way through the local approval process.”

Wednesday's planning and zoning meeting drew both praise and questions during its public comment period. One local business owner expressed concern over the height of the proposed casino garage.

East Windsor resident Keith Yagaloff was pleased with the renderings for the casino's architecture.

"I think it was respectful to the environment, respectful to the community," said Yagaloff.

He does, however, have some concerns about traffic.

"They seem to have a lot of traffic that would be exiting onto 140," said Yagaloff.

Developers at Wednesday night's meeting said they have reviewed several intersections and are looking closely at traffic.

The proposal still has a few more hurdles left to clear, but the tribes are looking to begin construction in fall 2018 and open by spring of 2020.

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