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Steve Wynn Makes Casino Appeal Directly To Foxboro Residents

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Steve Wynn and Robert Kraft talk to WBZ's Jon Keller. (Photo courtesy: Rick Macomber)

Steve Wynn and Robert Kraft talk to WBZ’s Jon Keller. (Photo courtesy: Rick Macomber)

FOXBORO (AP) — Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn is taking his bid to build a gambling facility in partnership with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the vicinity of Gillette Stadium straight to the people of Foxboro.

Wynn said Monday in a letter delivered to about 8,000 Foxboro homes that his $1 billion proposal would provide thousands of jobs, with local residents given preference in hiring.

It also promised child care, and pointed out that gambling would be just a small portion of the facility’s overall square footage, that would include hotels, spas and restaurants.

He also promised to address residents’ concerns “individually.”

The plan met with resistance at a Planning Board meeting last week, with opponents saying a casino would cause traffic and crime problems and destroy the town’s character.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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