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  1. So, lets say that the city ponies up 15 Million, purchases, then hands over the surface parking lot on Allyn to Mohican Sun. This site would be linked to NYC by commuter rail and eventually, High speed rail... This site would be 1 block from the XL center, and therefore a draw much the same way the Mohican sun Arena is for them in Montville. The casino would benefit from the rail connections N and S so people in springfield, and maybe even some day Montreal could hop a train to attend an event or have a gambling weekend. the Convention business in Hartford would possibly double, bringing far more customers to the casino than anything that could be replicated in Montville. Mid sized convention space would probably be part of the casino because that just what casinos do, but probably like less than 70k sf, because that parking lot is full on 100k sf. and it would be a good thing because it would add to the space at XL, and be busy with events far more often than things are today. it would also allow the ct convention center to focus on larger events(events it would now actually attract due to the lure of the casino as well as the likely 1000 room hotel on top of the casino. I can only assume a fairly large hotel tower on top of it all. this would surely be the biggest in the city and likely would not only be quite full, it would help all the other hotels draw guests and surely lead to some other nearby development into hotels. Now here is the real kicker. the land would be a gift, so the casino would have a few design rules... they would need to keep the complex street facing with retail like a normal city building. Imagine a normal looking building like say anything on Pratt, and you would walk into Vaughns, but you can also walk right though and out the back into the casino. The city would need to "limit" the amount of mall activity on the interior encouraging the casino to engage the local business community in the city to offer similar deals to what the casino's malls do now(rewards points schemes etc...) The point being that because the 180 Allyn street property is smack between the XL center and the train station, it is perfect for a casino. The casino would benefit from the mass transit connections as well as from "post game" crowds. also any event in Hartford would benefit from the added attraction of casino gambling and increased vibrancy on the streets. I honestly believe the results of this little gem would lead to an expansion of the convention center and the marriott, with larger conventions.... a new or renovated arena with a pro sports team, and likely additional transit improvements , from enhanced commuter rail timetables(later hours) the development of the Waterbury rail line, significant improvements to Bradley flight options (domestically mainly) as well as its access to customers because of the rail, and possibly some sort of circulator type transit option such as a trolly between the CT convention center, the XL, the Casino, and the Train station, with maybe extentions to West Hartford, and the meadows or Rentschler. Amazingly with this subject talked about dozens of times on here there are actually no threads set up, except for one that immediately went way into politics... So, Why not a downtown Casino? I know, that ship has sailed and Weiker did amazing damage by not letting Wynn build downtown 20 years ago but it might not be a bad time. I know the industry is shifting and casinos are everywhere these days, so there would be nothing special about a casino.. But I still think it has merit due to the commuter rail and its being downtown and part of the city. The CT casinos are at risk of more and more competition especially now in MA. There are 4 proposals right now for the 1 license in Western MA. Most of them are in rural W MA between Springfield and Worcester. one is in Palmer MA, one is the former Westinghouse site (page blvd) in Springfield. With the Springfield one offering no different feel than any of the rural casinos, and I think the downtown casino would be nice. ever been inside NYNY in vegas? it has a little downtown feel, but gambling around. Allyn Street could be like that, nice stores and restaurants, then, 10 feet away on the inside, you got slots. I wonder though, would the planned casino in Western MA still be interesting if there was one in Hartford? Downtown Hartford? surrounded by local restaurants, 1 block from an Arena? 1 block from a commuter rail station? I don't think it could compete!
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