Citing a variety of economic, regional impact and project design factors, the Boston Herald this week endorsed Mohegan Sun Massachusetts for the Commonwealth’s Region A gaming license – an endorsement that came just weeks before the winning bids are to be announced by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC).
In an editorial entitled “Mohegan Bid a Winner,” the Herald outlined the superior economic strengths of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, including its industry-leading Momentum player’s club points program, commitment to hiring and buying locally, and its strong community mitigation package – the largest of its kind in the nation.
For these reasons, “it’s the Mohegan Sun proposal that hands down has more going for it — and for the communities it will impact,” wrote the Herald.
In particular, the Herald cited the major transportation improvements Mohegan Sun will fund, along with its commitment to spending at least $50 million annually in goods and services from the region. The Herald also noted the benefits of Mohegan Sun’s Momentum Rewards program, which for the first time will enable customers to redeem their earned points at businesses and destinations outside the resort casino. The program already has more than 400 regional restaurants, museums and attractions signed on to participate.
“From every fiscal angle Mohegan remains a better deal for the community than the Wynn offering,” the Herald wrote.
The Herald also made the point that Massachusetts is not Las Vegas, and that any resort casino built here needs to reflect and be sensitive to the region. The Herald cited a recent analysis by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Institute of Architects (MA AIA), which found Mohegan Sun Massachusetts to be “markedly superior in every design aspect” compared to Wynn Everett.
The Herald, like the MA AIA, cited concerns over a large, cumbersome “Las Vegas-style” tower that is not a good fit for the area or the waterfront.
“This one casino that is to be built in Greater Boston needs to reflect and be sensitive to the locality it will be part of,” added the Herald.
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will feature two hotels and dining, shopping and entertainment amenities located on 42 acres in Revere.