Preston Riverwalk Project
Over the course of the past two decades, the Mohegan Tribe and various others have expressed interest in the vacant Norwich Hospital property across the Thames River from Mohegan Sun. In May 2016, we reached an historic agreement with the Preston Redevelopment Agency to purchase and develop this 393-acre riverfront site. By spearheading its cleanup and development, we are investing in the local community and bringing hundreds of permanent jobs into the region, solidifying southeastern Connecticut as a top tourism destination.
The Preston Riverwalk Project will be a non-gaming destination and is planned to include outdoor and indoor attractions, hotel and retail space, restaurants, housing, a marina, RV Park and more. Environmental cleanup of the property could be completed by early 2018 and the project could break ground in 2020, with an opening date in 2023.
This parcel is of historical significance to the Mohegan Tribe, as it is adjacent to Brewster’s Neck Cemetery and land on which Jonathan Brewster established a trading post hundreds of years ago. This land was granted to Brewster by his friend and key trading partner Uncas. We are honored to pay reverence to our ancestors in bringing this land back into our family.
Since opening, revenue from Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino has played a critically important role in improving the quality of life for their tribal members as well as the state of Connecticut. Together, the tribes have helped pay for countless improvements from highways to public education and much more.
For this reason, in 2015, the Mohegan Tribe solidified an historic partnership with our neighbors, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, to help save Connecticut jobs and revenue jeopardized by the opening of MGM Springfield’s $900 million casino in 2018. This partnership, called MMCT Venture, allows the two tribes to work together to plan a third, jointly-owned casino in Connecticut to help save millions in state gaming revenue potentially lost to Massachusetts.
In February 2017 after an extensive process, the tribes selected East Windsor as the site for this, Connecticut’s first commercial casino.