A plan to bring more gambling in Connecticut got a boost on Tuesday evening.
Hartford, East Hartford and East Windsor have all expressed an interest in building the next casino, and Windsor Locks said it may want to be considered too, despite turning down the opportunity several weeks ago.
“I think that was a bit shortsighted because it didn’t give the people of Windsor Locks an opportunity to do what the proposal might entail,” said Windsor Locks First Selectman Chris Kervick.
The deadline for submitting interest was Nov. 6, but several republican lawmakers in Windsor Locks turned down interest in the casino.
The Connecticut Airport Authority, which is located in Windsor Locks, said it wants to build a casino at Bradley International Airport, and now that there is a new first selectman, the idea is getting some reconsideration.
“I’d like to revisit the issue. I’d like to give us an opportunity to learn what the proposal is and what the benefits to the town could be,” Kervick said.
On Tuesday evening, town leaders agreed that they were interested in learning more about the proposal.
Plans for what the proposed casino would look like have not been released, but town officials said it would be creating jobs and provide a revenue stream.
“As many as 8,000 full time jobs not to mention construction jobs. There’s other potential benefits for the town, like increased tax revenue,” Kervick said.
"I think Windsor Locks has the infrastructure that can support it," said resident John Kriedel.
The council ruled that it would have public comment on the plan first. If the airport's proposal is accepted, they would have another public forum before and then voters would have the final say.
The town believes the tribes will have their decision on where the casino should go by Dec. 15. Ultimately, the state legislature has the final decision.
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