At a joint press conference with Taunton city officials, Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders unveiled the final design and construction schedule for First Light Resort & Casino.
To the delight of the standing-room only crowd in attendance, tribal leaders said they expect to break ground in April with a portion of the casino on track to open for business by the summer of 2017.
“Since our lands in Taunton and Mashpee were declared a reservation by the U.S. Department of Interior earlier this year, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Gaming Authority has been working hard to finalize the design plans on what will be a first-class resort destination,” Mashpee Wampanoag tribal council chairman Cedric Cromwell said.
“This project will not only help sustain our Tribe on the land our ancestors have lived on for the past 12,000 years, it will also help revitalize the regional economy and provide up to $2 billion dollars in revenues for the Commonwealth,” Cromwell said.
Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye lauded the final design and ensuing development as a major economic jolt for a city on the rise.
“When you consider the 1,000 construction jobs and 2,600 permanent jobs this will create, as well as the millions of dollars in additional revenues it will provide, this is a watershed moment for our city. The economic multiplier effects are enormous,” Hoye said.
“First Light Resort & Casino will help put Taunton back on the map as a magnificent city to visit, and that’s something we can all get behind,” Hoye said, noting the close partnership city officials have forged with tribal leaders and the overwhelming city-wide referendum vote in support of the project.           
After Chairman Cromwell and Mayor Hoye spoke, the construction management team was introduced – Dimeo Construction Company, The Penta Building Group, and Talako Construction, LLC. Recognized leaders in the construction of world-class gaming and entertainment venues, the three firms have formed a joint venture and will oversee the demolition and site-prep work.
The highlight of the press conference, however, was the unveiling of the final design for First Light Resort & Casino, which included details on design enhancements that have been made since the project was first conceptualized in 2012.
Once construction is complete, First Light Resort & Casino will include:
3,000 slot machines
150 table games
40 poker tables   
Fine dining restaurants; food court with international buffet; and 24-hour cafe
Three 15-story, 300-room luxury hotels
Lounge and performance stage
Indoor pool
9 retail stores
31,000 square-foot multi-purpose function room
5 meeting rooms
Spa and water park