Residents asked to weigh in on Fall River casino plans

(Photo by Steve Nielsen, WPRI-TV)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – The public will get a change to weigh-in later this week on plans to open a casino at the site of the New Harbour Mall.

The public forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Government Center.

Before a referendum can be put before voters, Foxwoods and the city have to complete the community host agreement. Foxwoods and Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan have sped up the process since it was announced in January, and the mayor said he intends to bring it to a vote in early June.

Foxwood’s deadline to submit its application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is July 27.

According to the mayor’s office, the casino conglomerate plans to develop a $750 million destination resort casino which includes a 140,000 foot gambling floor, about 20 restaurants, a shopping mall, 350 room hotel, entertainment arena, convention center, and spa.

Flanagan told the Fall River Herald that the forum will give residents a chance to weigh in on issues like the size of the complex, employment issues, traffic solutions, and how much revenue the city should expect as the host community.

If anyone is unable to attend the forum but would like to share suggestions, they can be sent to mayor@frma.org.

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