Dear Tribal Family and Friends,
The purpose for my message is to inform our Tribal Community that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Gaming Authority (MWTGA) has selected three leading firms to start the demolition and site work needed to construct First Light Resort & Casino on tribal lands in Taunton.
The Gaming Authority is also eyeing April 5thas a possible date to break ground on its destination resort facility and I will follow up with complete details as they develop.
The firms contracted by the MWTGA to begin pre-construction work are Dimeo Construction Company, The Penta Building Group, and Talako Construction, LLC.
As you are aware, we have a Compact with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, support from the city of Taunton, and our reservation land in Taunton. We are now ready to move quickly in the construction of a world-class destination resort, which will provide a much needed boost to the regional economy and help secure a more prosperous future for our Tribe – the People of the First Light.
The firms we have engaged are recognized leaders in the industry and an indication of the type of facility we intend to build. We look forward to updating the state Gaming Commission on our plans next week.
The three firms selected to oversee the joint venture construction management services, demolition and site work for First Light Resort & Casino are well-known in the gaming industry. Dimeo Construction oversaw the construction of the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island. The Penta Building Group has led numerous gaming projects in Las Vegas and elsewhere, while Talako Construction worked on several projects in the south east.
The Tribe has already developed a building code ordinance and the MWTGA has put a building code enforcement team in place to oversee inspections of the development.
As a reminder, we will present a First Light Resort & Casino update at the monthly Tribal membership meeting this Sunday March 13that 2 p.m.
On Tuesday, March 15, the Tribe will update the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on itsFirst Light Resort & Casino plans at a public meeting scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Both events will take place the the MWT C&G Center.
I realize there is a heavy flow of information that I have been passing along in recent weeks. This is in an effort to keep our Tribal citizens as informed as possible with the most accurate information possible.
Thank you for your attention and understanding as progress on our First Light Resort & Casino is becoming steadier with each passing day….which is a reflection of our positive momentum!