PALMER, Mass. (AP) _ Officials from Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun are headed to Palmer to offer more details about their proposal to build a $600 million casino project in town.

A public forum with Mohegan Sun officials is planned for Monday evening at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Mohegan Sun wants to build a luxury hotel, resort and gambling facility on 152 acres in Palmer. The proposal is one of four contenders for the state’s lone casino gambling license for western Massachusetts.

The others include two projects proposed in Springfield and one in West Springfield.

Mohegan Sun says its proposal could bring as many as 3,000 permanent jobs to the region.
But opponents say the project will change the small town too drastically, and they worry about crime and social ills related to compulsive gambling.

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