Thousands of Foxborough residents’ received a letter in the mail Monday from casino mogul Steve Wynn. In the letter, Wynn continues to try to annihilate fears by addressing the hot button word in town - "casino." Wynn sent out approximately 8,000 letters, targeting households that have at least one registered voter, according to the Boston Globe.
Wynn begins the letter by stating that he hopes to "start a thorough and positives dialogue with the residents of Foxborough." He also writes about the fear that some may feel when they hear the word "casino." "That is not our business," he further states.
Wynn writes of the non-gaming elements of his facilities including hotel rooms, unique entertainment, and restaurants, noting "a gaming room, representing a small portion of the resort's overall square footage, makes it possible to build these amenities."
Supporters of resort casino in Foxborough have argued that job creation is vital to the area. Wynn agrees in his letter, stating that he "expects to create over 10,000 construction jobs with a $1 billion capital investment." In addition, his facility would also offer careers "ranging from finance to information technology to hospitality..."
"We would give qualified residents of Foxborough and their children preference in hiring," he noted while also stating that a free, full-service day care facility for children of employees at work would be offered.
Opponents to a casino resort argue that crime, traffic, and the overall character of the town would take a direct hit.
Wynn addressed in his letter that he understands "there will be a need to address specific concerns."
The topic of casino development is one of the most polarizing issues in over a decade for the town. Groups against casinos, specifically, "No Foxboro Casino" and groups in support, "Jobs for Foxboro" have emerged since the
A large crowd is expected at Foxborough High School Tuesday night, Dec. 13, as selectmen will discuss when a casino community forum should be held.