TAUNTON (AP) — The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has entered into an option to buy land in Taunton on which it intends to build a resort casino.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports.

The announcement Wednesday “is a tangible step toward our goal of economic self-sufficiency,” tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell said in a statement on the tribal website.

Tribal leaders will now enter in negotiations with the city, he said.

The tract of land is along Route 24.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

The tribe intends to build a destination casino, including hotels, fine and casual dining, entertainment space and other amenities, Cromwell said.

Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye said there is a long way to go before construction starts and voters will have the final say in a city-wide referendum.

“In addition to the thousands of good jobs a development like this will bring, it will also mean millions of dollars in revenue to address our priorities here in Taunton,” he said, including improved schools and public safety.

WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller Is At Large

The tribe must also negotiate with the state. It has exclusive rights until July 31 to reach an agreement on a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

Previous tribal efforts to build a casino in Middleborough and Fall River have fallen through.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law in November authorizing up to three resort casinos and one slots parlor in different geographical areas of the state.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (6)
  1. BostonMike says:

    The people that want casinos, just don’t want them in their town or near their town, and who can blame them??

    The highways can’t handle the increased traffic. Off Rt24? It’s a freakin 2-lane highway, there’s no room for increased traffic, not to mention Rt140. The only “good” thing that I’ve heard is they’ll use some existing space instead of wiping out forest land. Wiping out land for one of those concrete monstrosities seems to go against what I thought was the native American views about nature. And, the casino will fail anyway, look at the others. They are doing poorly.

  2. ALH says:

    I think casinos will be a great asset to massachusetts. We need the money and we spend so much on gambling as it is. Here and RI & CT. Bring the Casinos to an area of Massachusetts that has land, like up here north of Boston close to the NH border. Merrimack Valley ..We have alot of space/land, undeveloped areas. There’s a border between Haverhill and Atkinson, NH that goes for a few miles with only trees and swamp. It doesn’t have to be near people. Find a space like the Village Project in Maine. Mass can generate so many funds and put it to good use llike paying for unemployment and food stamps and slimming down on the taxpayers money..

  3. BostonMike says:

    I guess it is all in how you look at it. I don’t see casinos as a saving grace – just eyesores that bring problems (definitely traffic which already is terrible, possibly crime, feeding addiction, etc..) to the areas they sit on. Destroying undeveloped land is not something I agree on either. Just because it is there, we should destroy it? :/

  4. ListensAlot says:

    BostonMike hits a homerun. Those that want casinos usually don’t want them in their backyard. Who can blame them? I also agree we should not destroy undeveloped land just because it’s there. One day we will all miss a cool breeze on a warm night. Casino can provide jobs, mostly low paying, but think of the consequences that go along with it. We, gambling, provides the money to pay those wages. No gambling, no pay, no jobs.

  5. Rob Cleary says:

    That doesn’t look like no damn Indian to me.

  6. Cat fight ! says:

    Rob ,,then you really need to do some historical research…

    all the power to the Mashpee

    The only thing ill care about if one tree falls.and the walls of tour buses chocking the crap of the roadways… Nighttime slumber is over with convoy’s of buses.

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