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Mohegan Sun releases neighboring community impact report

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Mohegan Sun Massachusetts released a 36-page neighboring community impact report this week.

The report identifies a list of 13 surrounding communities and breaks down the regional impacts of the proposed $1 billion Palmer casino project into several categories including: transportation, housing, economic development, water resources, open space protection and public safety.

The 13 surrounding communities mentioned are Belchertown, Brimfield, Brookfield, Hampden, Holland, Ludlow, Monson, Sturbridge, Wales, Ware, Warren, West Brookfield and Wilbraham.

The report concludes that the casino would create a minimal impact environmentally and on traffic. It also says that there would be positive impacts in areas including employment and economic development.

"Every town is unique in how the casino could potentially impact it," said John Flynn, chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Hampden. "Specifically, in Hampden we are concerned about any forces that come in to our town to put stress on our infrastructure, whether it is roads, schools, public safety officials, et cetera."

Hampden is located 5.4 miles from the proposed casino. And, Flynn says the town like many other surrounding communities will eventually make a recommendation to the state's gaming commission.

"I think we need to do a little more analysis of the report, make sure that everybody has brought their thoughts to the table and then bring one cohesive document back to the gaming commission," said Flynn.

CBS 3 did reach out to several other surrounding communities where town officials said they plan to carefully evaluate the report in the coming days.

Voters in Palmer will head to the polls Nov. 5 to decide if they want a casino in their community.

The company is competing against MGM in Springfield for the sole casino license to be awarded in Western Mass.

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