Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) Announces Plans For Redevelopment Of Former Norwich Hospital Site

January 14, 2017 (PRESTON, CT) – The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) is proud to announce a major step in finalizing the Property Disposition and Development Agreement (PDDA) with the Town of Preston and Preston Redevelopment Agency (PRA). MTGA will present a development concept for the former Norwich Hospital site at an upcoming town Planning & Zoning meeting.

Highlights envision a concept with the potential for $600 million in development of tax paying amenities which include:  

  • Outdoor and indoor entertainment attractions and theater
  • Indoor water park with outdoor attractions and adjacent hotel
  • Life-style mixed use retail/entertainment center
  • Senior living center
  • Sports complex with hotel
  • Large format retail and entertainment venue
  • Sports retailer venue
  • Time share units
  • Marina
  • RV park and other amenities
  • Additional retail, restaurant and convenience store/fuel service for Town residents and customers
  • At least 750 construction jobs and hundreds of permanent full-time positions

“We announced late last year we had a number of world-class ideas for the multimillion dollar complex,” said Kevin Brown “Red Eagle,” Chairman of the MTGA Management Board. “With up to $600 million in possible development, we will stimulate growth, drive new business and help strengthen the local economy, solidifying Mystic Country in southeastern Connecticut as a top tourism destination. This agreement has been produced after cooperative work between State, PRA and Mohegan planners and Bob Congdon personally.  I’m proud to say we are providing a tangible example of how regional partners can prioritize the importance of cooperative regional solutions.”

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy said, “The redevelopment of the former Norwich Hospital property is great news for the region and for the state. It has been a priority of mine, not only for the direct benefit that remediating this brownfield will have to the local community, but also for the future economic development potential that this valuable property can bring to the entire region. Southeast Connecticut is a premier tourism destination, and these new offerings will even further strengthen our appeal to visitors. The redevelopment of this site also means jobs – hundreds of jobs, if not more. And the state remains a committed partner to seeing this project through.”

Preston First Selectman Bob Congdon also added that, “This is a monumental step in turning a blighted brownfield into a major economic engine for Preston, Southeastern CT and the entire State of CT, creating needed jobs and tax revenue.   This milestone would not have been possible without the incredible leadership and vision of the Mohegan Tribe, Preston Redevelopment Agency and especially Governor Malloy and the outstanding work of his teams at the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).”

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