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State officials look at building casino near Bradley Airport

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State officials look at building casino near Bradley Airport (WFSB) State officials look at building casino near Bradley Airport (WFSB)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

The town of Windsor Locks is getting a proposal to build a casino at Bradley International Airport.

The Connecticut Airport Authority plans to bid for a casino which will be run by Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

Windsor Locks First Selectman Steve Wawruck said the airport is “a destination site.”

“There's 5.5 million passengers that go through the terminal every year,” Wawruck said.

Wawruck said next week they're expecting a proposal from the Connecticut Airport Authority to build a casino, either where the old terminal is being torn down or a new transportation center originally planned for car rentals.

With approval, the Connecticut Airport Authority will submit its plans to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, which will jointly run the new casino. At one time, the owner Connecticut Off Track Betting told Eyewitness News was worried a casino at the airport could hurt their business.

The reaction to the proposed proposal is mixed among Windsor Locks residents.

"If it’s going to be anywhere, this would be a good location,” Windsor Locks resident Robert Goodrow said.

A handful of towns have expressed interest since the legislature approved a third casino earlier this year. Now, the competition is growing for another casino in Connecticut.

East Hartford is putting a proposal together. City officials said they want it to be at the old Showcase Cinema on Interstate 84.

Lawmakers voted for another casino because they are worried when MGM builds their casino in Springfield, Connecticut will lose hundreds of jobs.

"Frankly, I think a better use for the space here at the airport would be to open an international terminal that actually went somewhere,” Michelle O'Neill, of Colchester, said.

Towns have until Nov. 30 to submit their proposals and the two tribes have said they expect to make a decision in December.

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