BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn is unveiling details of a resort casino he hopes to develop near Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, including an artist’s rendering of the proposed facility.
Wynn sent a mailing to thousands of town residents Friday.
It included a 20-minute DVD explaining the proposal.
WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports
“You can see that [the design] is very suburban. It doesn’t have of the glitzy appearance of what you might have thought a casino would look like,” Wynn said in the video.
The design “would make our hotel the regional meeting and convention destination place with all of the fine companies in New England. It would be great for them to have a place of this quality that they could come to for their conferences and sales meetings.”
Residents in favor of a casino hope Wynn’s mailings reassure people who had envisioned a Vegas-style strip. “I think this could only help and bring the values up and bring revenue to the town that we need,” says Millie Cetrone, as she looks over the brochure.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Doug Cope reports
He is hoping to build the $1 billion casino on land off Route 1 owned by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
The plan has run into opposition from many Foxboro residents who worry that a casino will add to traffic congestion and crime in the town.
Opponents say they won’t be seduced by the pictures and promises. “Hope people keep in mind we moved to Foxboro for a reason. It wasn’t to have a grand chalet-style hotel.It wasn’t to have cabana poolside dining,” says Collin Earnst.
Wynn and Kraft say it will generate millions of dollars in revenue for the town and create thousands of jobs.
WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager contributed to this report.
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