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Half a dozen towns hope to cash in on casino game before Friday's deadline

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Windsor Locks officials are looking into building a casino at Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo) Windsor Locks officials are looking into building a casino at Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

Roughly half a dozen towns are interested in procuring a new casino and their proposals are due by Friday afternoon.

Thanks to a change in officials on Election Day, a proposal to bring a casino to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks looks closer to touching down.

If the town wants to get in the game, however, town officials will have to move quickly. The deadline to submit a proposal is at 4 p.m. on Friday.

With the possibility of losing thousands of jobs, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes plan to open a jointly-run casino north of Hartford. It would compete with an $800 million casino complex coming to nearby Springfield, MA.

The tribes just haven't been able to nail down a location in Connecticut.

Half a dozen of towns, including Windsor Locks and East Hartford, said they were interested in hosting a facility.

East Hartford's site would incorporate 25 acres of land near a closed Showcase Cinemas on Silver Lane.

Such a casino could bring in about $340 million, officials said.

Democrat Chris Kervick, who won the first selectman's seat on Tuesday, said he wants to keep the process moving after it was tabled a couple of weeks ago.

"What I want do is the chance to begin those discussions so we can find out more about the proposal," he told Eyewitness News. "Particularly, what the town of Windsor Locks, what the benefits will be."

Despite the Friday afternoon deadline for all cities and towns to submit their proposals, Windsor Locks is hoping to get an extension.

Tribal officials said they expect to make a decision about the location for their new facility by Dec. 15.

The state General Assembly would then have to approve it.

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