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Resort Casino Application Submitted for Milford

The resort casino proposed for Milford would be built on the northbound side of Interstate Route 495, roughly across from where IRA Toyota is located. (Map produced from Google Maps)

Crossroads Massachusetts, LLC made an official request to build a resort casino off the northbound side of Interstate Route 495 in Milford by submitting an official "Phase I" application and non-refundable $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on the commission's January 15 filing deadline. The submission puts the company headed by David Nunes and William Warner in competition with other companies seeking approval for the single resort casino to be built in the Greater Boston region.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has broken its application process for a "Category 1" casino license into two parts: Phase I determines the background qualifications and suitability of applicants in matters related to finance and integrity. Phase II – with regulations due to be released by the commission later this year – will focus on an applicant's entire 'site specific' application. The Greater Boston region – also defined by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as "Region A" – encompasses Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex and Worcester counties.

In an exclusive interview with the Milford Town Crier just after the application was submitted, Nunes said the filing was consistent with promises he has made since first meeting with the Board of Selectmen back in July, 2008. The scope of the proposed resort casino will now be "a little bit larger" than what he discussed with selectmen in 2009 and again in 2010, he said.

In terms of what casino company Crossroads Massachusetts plans to partner with, Nunes said he is still working out the final details. He and partner Warner have expanded their partnership and "I have people with real estate and gambling interests in our effort, one of whom owns the Philadelphia casino," Nunes said.

The timing of when Crossroads Massachusetts returns to Milford to make an updated presentation to local officials will depend on what the Massachusetts Gaming Commission allows applicants to do, Nunes explained. "We have to take a little bit of a pause and wait and watch what the state does," he said. A local presentation will be scheduled "when the Gaming Commission tells us we can," he added.

The proposal still calls for dedicated ramps off I-495 to funnel traffic to and from the resort casino, Nunes said. By submitting the Phase I application, his company can now openly discuss permitting for those ramps with the state's Department of Transportation, he continued. The only local access point would be for emergency vehicles to enter the site from nearby East Main St. (Route 16), he added.

Locally, Milford will have to approve the proposal before Crossroads Massachusetts can make its final application to the state, Nunes said. He described that final step as a "private bidding process" in which all qualified companies submit sealed bids to the Gaming Commission and it then selects the one that will build the region's resort casino.


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