Neighboring Town Upset Over Foxboro Casino Talks

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

FOXBORO (CBS) – There are rumblings that a casino megaplex could be in store for Route 1 in Foxboro.

Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino mogul, is expected be in Robert Kraft’s private box at the Patriots game this Sunday.

The two also have scheduled meetings with Foxboro officials.

The news is not sitting well with at least one neighboring community, where so far, officials there are being kept out of casino talks.

“This would affect surrounding towns, and so far, we don’t have a seat at the table,” says Walpole Planning Board member Rich Mazzocca. “And if they change the zoning, then we could see, literally, a 25-story hotel there.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

The land that would be reportedly be designated for the casino currently consists of the parking lots across the street from Gillette Stadium. The property sits right on the Foxboro-Walpole line and just about all of the abutting residents live in Walpole.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

One of them, Tina Hoyt says she doesn’t mind football, but bringing in a casino is a whole different ballgame.

“I have eight kids,” Hoyt said. “Football games are okay. But a casino would be 365 days a year, 24-7. It makes me afraid.”

  • Liz

    Foxboro’s town committee said no to casinos, and as far as I know Kraft can’t have any dealings with casinos because he’s an owner in the NFL. How can this story be true?

  • BillsCatz

    Seems those little towns around the Stadium do alright with added taxes — never hear Foxboro or Walpole whining about new school books or the snow plowing budget. This appears to be more along the lines of they’re all set and want to act all picky about it now. If there was ever a rumor of the Stadium closing down, these same folks would be threatening mass suicide. Fine, move right along, build a casino where the locals will appreciate the added revenue.

  • Concerned Foxboro Resident

    BillsCatz, you’re mistaken. We Foxboro residents strongly oppose this proposed development. The crime, traffic, and other downsides STRONGLY trump any purported benefits of such development. It will bring new jobs? NO – only low-paying jobs that wouldn’t allow people to even live in the area. New taxes for schools, infrastructure, etc.? Some will be foolishly convinced that that’s a benefit, but the cost is WAY too high. We’d rather pay higher taxes than accept the consequences of having the casino in our cute little New England town.

  • rosemary

    Lets face it folks the casinos are coming and NO ONE wants them in their back yard. Where there are already karge venues such as Gillette Stadium they are on the right track. I live in Plymouth where the Studio was going to move in it woud have been right across from the 12,000.00 Acre Myes Standish State Forest (the reason i chose this home) so bring it all on we NEED the revenue and it all boils down to Peronsal Responsibilty if you can’t afford to gamble DON’T

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