Casino Operator Appeals Directly to Mass. Town

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Casino operator appeals directly to Mass. town

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn is

taking his bid to build a gambling facility in partnership with New

England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the vicinity of Gillette

Stadium straight to the people of Foxborough.

Wynn said Monday in a letter delivered to about 8,000 Foxborough

homes that his $1 billion proposal would provide thousands of jobs,

with local residents given preference in hiring. It also promised

child care, and pointed out that gambling would be just a small

portion of the facility's overall square footage, that would

include hotels, spas and restaurants.

He also promised to address residents' concerns


The plan met with resistance at a Planning Board meeting last

week, with opponents saying a casino would cause traffic and crime

problems and destroy the town's character.


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