Voters overwhelmingly support Mohegan Tribe land deal - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Voters overwhelmingly support Mohegan Tribe land deal

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Paperwork was signed for Mohegan Tribe land deal. (WFSB) Paperwork was signed for Mohegan Tribe land deal. (WFSB)
PRESTON, CT (AP) -

Connecticut residents have overwhelmingly voted to push forward new development negotiations between the town of Preston and the Mohegan Tribe.

An estimated 950 votes were cast Tuesday, with more than 800 people approving the process of writing a purchase and sales agreement with the tribe over the development of a former hospital site on the Thames River.

An entertainment/recreation center is expected to be built.

With an estimated cost between $200 and $600 million, the project could create up to 700 jobs for the area.

Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown says the speedy vote is a "win all the way around."

Brown says the tribe is now looking for a master developer for the nearly 400-acre site across from the Mohegan Sun Casino.

A signing ceremony of the recently approved Property Disposition and Development Agreement for the Preston Riverwalk site was held on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the paperwork around noon.  

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