TAUNTON, Mass. – – The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe officially broke ground Tuesday on a resort casino in Taunton that it hopes will become the state’s first Las Vegas-style resort.
The First Light casino, hotel and entertainment complex is being built on a 151-acre industrial park that’s part of the Cape Cod-based tribe’s recently designated federal reservation.
With an estimated $1 billion price tag, First Light represents the splashiest entry yet in the region between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
Plainridge Park, a more modest slots parlor and harness racing track, opened last year in Plainville, Massachusetts, some 25 miles from Taunton.
Over the state line in Lincoln, Rhode Island, the Twin River Casino has evolved from a greyhound track to a slots parlor and now a full-scale casino.
Rhode Island voters in November will also decide on the company’s plan to open another full-scale casino in Tiverton, near the Massachusetts state line.