East Hartford Submits Casino Plan

East Hartford officials are hoping to build a casino on vacant land that used to house a movie theater and said they have submitted a proposal

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority are working together as MMCT Venture in the hopes of opening another casino in the state and East Hartford Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc said the town and developer Anthony J. Ravosa and Silver Lane Partners, LLC, have submitted a plan, which would place a casino in the area of the former Showcase Cinema on Silver Lane.

“The RFP submitted today represents a fully compliant package of municipal support, quick time to market, extremely high visibility from the highway and easy access from the Greater Hartford region,” Mayor Leclerc said. “I think it is clear that our proposal stands out as the most viable and complete option being submitted to MMCT Venture.”

In September, the town planning commission approved plans for the casino, as well as a shopping center, called The Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field.

The site is on 25 acres of land and crossroads of I-84, I-91, I-384, I-291, Route 2, Route 15 and Route 5.

Today was the deadline for the mayor to act on the proposal and the tribes said they are planning to make a decision on a site in December.

The proposal is posted online here.

The operators of Enfield Square Mall have also expressed interest in submitting a plan and said they would make a decision during a conference call on Friday

Officials from the mayor's office in New Britain said they would not be submitting a request for proposal.

For a third casino to open in Connecticut, the General Assembly would have to pass legislation.

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