Suffolk Downs remained in the running for a casino license with the Nov. 27 announcement it has reached an agreement with Mohegan Sun, which operates gaming facilities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Mohegan Sun had planned to develop a casino elsewhere in Massachusetts but was denied local approval. The gaming concern has, however, already been determined suitable to hold a license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Suffolk Downs parted ways with its previous partner, Caesars Entertainment, and then lost a casino referendum in East Boston, which hosts most of the racetrack property. Another 52 acres—the barn area is on part of the land—are located in Revere, whose voters approved casino gambling.
Track officials said the new plan calls for a casino on 42 acres of the Revere parcel. The MGC must first decide whether to approve the shift given the result of the vote in East Boston, where the casino was to be built.
"Our strong partnership with Revere goes back over seven decades, and today's announcement begins a new exciting chapter," Suffolk Downs chief operating officer Chip Tuttle said in a release. "When completed, our agreement will reflect this community's desire for economic development, jobs, community improvements, and small business partnerships that this development proposal will bring."