East Windsor is no longer being considered as a potential location for a new casino.
On Wednesday, tribe officials said the next phase of the discussion will be with the towns of East Hartford, Hartford, and Windsor Locks.
“East Windsor’s clear desire to host this facility made this decision really difficult. However, the fact that one site was removed by the developer and others were not submitted by the property owner made pursuing a facility there extremely challenging,” said Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council.
Last year, East Hartford, East Windsor, Hartford and Windsor Locks responded to the request for proposals from MMCT Venture, which is the company formed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.
Meetings have been held in all towns where residents have expressed concerns about a possible casino in their town, while other residents have been positive about the idea.
Tribe members say East Windsor is not the right location for the state's third casino.
“The site, although a solid location for a variety of economic development projects, was not the right fit for the project we are planning. We look forward to beginning the next phase of discussion with East Hartford, Hartford and Windsor Locks,” Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler said in a part in a press release.
Moving forward, staff from the two tribes will now meet with officials from each of the remaining towns to discuss exactly what a proposal could entail.
Meetings with residents and businesses in the three communities will also be held.
The press release also said the chairmen are working with the state to take the steps "necessary to ensure that authorizing a third casino in the state will not jeopardize the revenues the tribes currently contribute to the state. Those conversations are ongoing.”
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