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With the state's new resort casino law, Suffolk Downs is working to win a license to bring a resort-style casino to this historic track. Sign up to stay updated with news and information surrounding the process.
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On April 10 Suffolk Downs' transportation plan was reviewed by the City of Boston's Transportation Department.
Click below to download the renderings from our presentation in June 2012.
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After years of conversations with neighbors and local and regional business groups, Suffolk Downs has made upgrading local roads and transportation infrastructure a major priority of its proposed development.
Click below to download the most recent version of Suffolk Downs' proposed transportation improvements.
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By filing its Environmental Notification Form (ENF) with the state, Suffolk Downs took another step in its ongoing pursuit for a resort casino license. Following a public comment period, the Certificate will be issued on April 5.
The Environmental Notification filing will be available at both the Boston Public Library main branch and the East Boston neighborhood branch.
To learn more about the MEPA process, download the presentation below.
Should we earn a license, the Resort at Suffolk Downs will seek a diverse pool of candidates and offer full job training for 4,000 new jobs with an average annual salary of $42,000, benefits and opportunities for career advancement.
LICENSES/ZONESThe legislation authorizes three resort casino licenses, one each in three distinct regions of the state, and one license for a slot machine parlor. The term of the casino licenses is 15 years. Suffolk Downs is part of Region A which includes Suffolk, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties. We intend to apply for the resort license for this geographic zone.
The Governor, Attorney General and State Treasurer will appoint a new, independent five-member gaming commission in the next 120 days that will oversee and regulate all aspects of these businesses, including processing applications, evaluating proposals and awarding licenses.
LOCAL MITIGATION AGREEMENTS
Before Suffolk Downs (or any applicant) can apply to the gaming commission for a license, we must reach local mitigation agreements with our host communities of Revere and Boston, and surrounding communities, such as Winthrop and Chelsea.
LOCAL BALLOT QUESTIONS
After reaching these local agreements and as part of a formal license application, the host communities of the proposed licensee – in our case Revere and East Boston – must pass local ballot questions approving gaming development in those communities. This is a city-wide referendum in Revere and an East Boston referendum in Boston unless the City Council and the Mayor choose to make it city-wide.
We have been in the horse racing business since our historic facility opened in 1935 and Suffolk Downs is committed to preserving and enhancing horse racing as part of our proposed development. The new law requires that we maintain racing if we receive a casino license, a provision that we welcomed. It also dedicates a small portion of gaming revenue for programs to attract better horses to the area. In addition, we plan to invest in our racing facilities.
Should we be fortunate enough to earn a license, it would be issued to Suffolk Downs. This means that throughout the licensing process, for local mitigation, construction, road and infrastructure improvements, ongoing neighborhood programs, charitable initiatives and other issues that may arise during the duration of the license, you will be working with Suffolk Downs, your neighbor of 76 years.
LOCAL BUSINESSES AND JOBS
The new law requires Suffolk Downs (or any applicant) to develop specific plans to train and hire local workers and contract with area vendors for goods and services. Should we be fortunate enough to earn a license, we would hire thousands of new workers and spend tens of millions of additional dollars contracting with local businesses.
ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
This new law holds applicants to high ethical standards of conduct and review. The owners, management and employees of Suffolk Downs are committed to adhering to these strict standards.
The gaming commission must be formed within 120 days of the signing of the legislation. Once appointed, the commission will hire management and staff, get organized and begin the license application process. It may be several months before that happens. Licenses may not be awarded until the fourth quarter of next year. In the interim, we will be preparing our proposal and working with you to ensure it meets the needs of the community.
A resort casino at Suffolk Downs will create thousands of good- paying, permanent jobs where they are needed.
Suffolk has been a gaming and entertainment destination in New England for 76 years
Suffolk has committed to invest $1 billion to develop a World Class resort casino that will create thousands of construction jobs
Suffolk has committed to substantial investments and improvements to area roads and infrastructure
As Executive Vice President of Security and Compliance, former Boston Police Commissioner Paul Evans will work to ensure that a world-class gaming and entertainment facility at Suffolk Downs meets the highest standards for public safety, security, compliance and integrity.>