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Mohegan Sun ends land lease with Palmer

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PALMER, MA (WSHM) -

It was announced on Monday that Mohegan Sun will be terminating their lease for a portion of land in Palmer that was originally supposed to be home to the gaming company's billion dollar casino.

However, it was last November when the town voted down that proposal.

Mohegan Sun still kept with the 99-year lease for the land with Northeast Reality.

They were also still considering options for the 152-acre property.

But that all changed on Monday when Palmer Town Manager Charlie Blanchard told CBS 3 he was notified by Mohegan Sun that they will no longer be developing the land.  

He said they cited a lack of being able to find a retailer to develop the land.

Former Palmer Town Councilor Paul Burns said he's really not surprised this has happened.

"I've been saying for months that they didn't have any intention of building in Palmer. I think it was a stalling tactic so they could look good in front of the gaming commission.They've never been able to generate any type of plan for that site," said Burns.

Northeast Realty said Mohegan Sun still has control of the site for the next 90 days.

During that time, the realty group said they will work to find a possible developer for the site.

CBS 3 has reached out to Mohegan Sun for a response, but have yet to hear back from them.

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