Sharon Resident Says Casino Not a Good Fit for Area

Sharon resident joins fight against casino on Route 1.

Matthew Baldassari sees a casino on Route 1 in Foxborough as drawing bad things to Sharon, where he has resided since the mid-1980s.

"You're going to see traffic and you're going to see crime go up" in Sharon, Baldassari said.

Although Wynn Resorts' proposed casino site is in Foxborough, residents of neighboring communities are joining the fight against it, says Chris Lowey, No Foxboro Casino's volunteer coordinator. Foxborough residents are driving this volunteer effort.

"This is a regional issue. It will affect the whole area," Lowey says.

In Sharon, Baldassari said he has signed No Foxboro Casino's online petition asking businessman Robert Kraft to withdraw his proposal to lease land on Route 1 in Foxborough to Wynn Resorts Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn for development of a casino.

Baldassari said he saw No Foxboro Casino's signs in the area, found the group's Facebook page, and then found its website.

Although Sharon is a few miles away from the proposed casino site, "people will cut through North Main Street and South Main Street" if Wynn builds the complex, Baldassari said.

"I don't think it's a big necessity in this area," he said of the casino.

"I think it's going to be a big burden on this area."

Steve C March 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM
My question throughout this process has remained the same. What statistics are the rise in crime and the overall statement that the casino will not be good for this area being based on. I have found no data that leans in either direction on this matter, to date. I have reviewed the data from the Gulf Coast area, Lake Tahoe region, and CT and have found no supporting data for these comments. I recently spent 3 days at Foxwoods and during a drive around the area found it to be quiet, clean, and overall a nice place to spend a day or two. There were no thugs or ruffians. No drunks running us off of the road. No beggers or vagrants soliciting handouts. I have not made a decision to support or oppose the building of a casino in Foxboro and will reserve that decision until it comes to a vote.
Foxboro Born March 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I think common sense tells you that if thousands of more people are coming to Foxboro every day, some who are drunk, some who are gambling addicts, that crime would go up. Drunk driving has already gone up in Foxboro because of Patriot Place. Could this have been predicted? Of course. You have more liquor licenses; you will have more drunk driving. It's not rocket science. It's common sense.
Stephen March 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Would you let your younger kids ride their bikes around at dusk and not even be a little concerned?


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