Tuesday, April 05, 2016

First Light Resort and Casino Breaks Ground in Taunton

What could be the first Las Vegas-style resort to come to Massachusetts has quietly broken ground.

CBS Boston is reporting that First Light Resort and Casino officially broke ground in Taunton today, with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe being behind the complex. The article and the resort's website indicate that the facility is expected to include a casino, hotel, and a mixture of family-friendly and high-end restaurants, along with a retail center, entertainment venues, and more, and that it will be built on an industrial park near where Routes 24 and 140 meet (approximately 35 miles from downtown Boston). If all goes as planned, First Light could start opening in phases in 2017, according to CBS Boston.

Currently, only one other casino can be found in Massachusetts--a slot machine parlor and harness racing track in Plainville called Plainridge Park Casino. Other casinos in the works include Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett and MGM Springfield, neither of which will open until at least 2018, and another casino could open in Brockton as well, though it is only a proposal at this point in time.

The website for First Light Resort and Casino can be found at http://www.firstlightresort.com/

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