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Developers, town officials meet about proposed casino for Enfield mall

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A mall in Enfield could be cashing in on a possible casino deal.

On Tuesday, the town council got a first look at plans to bring a small casino to the Enfield Square Mall.

However, neighbors aren’t all on board with the idea.

“The mall managers talked about an investment upwards of $100 million,” said Enfield Town Manager Matthew Coppler.

The potential casino developer told the town on Tuesday that it is willing to invest up to $200 million in developing a casino as part of the redevelopment of the Enfield Square Mall.

“With us losing Hallmark and a couple of other companies we're going to need the money,” said Enfield resident Diane Carlone.

While it sounds like a great plan, many residents said they aren’t sold just yet.

“I love the town but it's not a high-end town. You're going to bring in high end stores, high end restaurants, it’s just not going to work,” Carlone said.

Developers said the casino would feature gaming slots and a small food court and wouldn’t have any stores, but it would create about 2,000 jobs.

“If this casino comes in, I'm sure they're not going to hire everyone from our town. A lot of people will come work from other casinos,” said resident Terri Jedynak.

Many residents said they are most concerned about the expected 10,000 cars that would be at the casino, along with any potential crime.

“I’m not against gambling, just not in my town,” Carlone said.

The public will have their chance to comment about the proposal later this month.

Developers said they hope to have a final proposal sometime later this fall.

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