Wampanoag Tribe breaks ground at Taunton casino site

Mayor calls the project a win for the tribe, Taunton and Massachusetts
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground at the site of the First Light Resort Casino in Taunton this week. MWT rendering.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground at the site of their First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton Tuesday. Tribal Chairman Cedric Crowell was joined by tribal leaders members, city and state officials and Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye. 

"The Wampanoag people have lived off this land for 12,000 years," Cromwell said at the groundbreaking ceremony. "And though some doubted we would ever see this day come to pass, here we are--on track to open a first-class resort and be the first to market," Cromwell said. The state's first destination resort casino, a portion of the casino is slated for opening in summer 2017.

Once construction is finished, the resort casino will feature 3,000 slot machines, 150 table games, 40 poker tables, 3 15-story, 300-room luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, an indoor pool, spa and water park, meeting rooms, a performance stage and 9 retail stores. The project will reportedly provide 1,000 construction jobs and 2,600 permanent positions at the casino resort.

"Not only will this this help sustain the Tribe and their magnificent culture for generations to come, it will also provide a tremendous economic jolt to the proud City of Taunton and surrounding region, as well as boost revenues to the Commonwealth by as much as $2 billion dollars," Hoye said.

During the groundbreaking, Cromwell also announced an upcoming job fair to be held at the Holiday Inn in Taunton at 700 Myles Standish Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe only recently cleared the final hurdle for the project, flying their sovereign flag for the first time in January.

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