Tribe eyes possible April groundbreaking on Taunton casino

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While gaming regulators review a proposed commercial casino in Brockton, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is eyeing April 5 as a “possible date” to break ground on its resort casino in Taunton.

The tribe announced Monday that it has selected Dimeo Construction Company, The Penta Building Group and Talako Construction LLC — companies with experience in the casino construction industry — to begin pre-construction demolition and site work need to construct the First Light Resort & Casino.

“We have a compact with the state, 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,” Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell said in a statement.

Cromwell said the tribe planned to update the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on its plans at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at the tribe’s Community and Government Center in Mashpee.

— Written by Michael Norton

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