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October 14, 2008 - If there was ever something to look forward to in the land-based casino gambling world, Mohegan Sun Casino's $734 million "Earth" expansion is a worthy candidate. Of should I say was a worthy candidate. The world-class Connecticut casino resort just announced that due to the economic crunches now facing the U.S. economy, it was putting the "Earth" expansion on hold.

Just how long of a hold is anybody's guess. Mohegan Sun CEO, Mitchell Etess said that in the "extremely unlikely" event that the economy dramatically improves in the next six months, the project could get restarted in less than a year. However, if there is no major economic improvement in the next twelve months, the project could be put on hold even longer. The ideal situation is that it resumes in a year's time.

In the meantime, work hasn't been put on a total hold. Etess said that the 800 ft x 800 ft concrete foundation for the Earth casino, which has already begun to be laid, will be fully completed. The challenge will be how to cover and protect the foundation for an entire year, as well as provide open the "Winter" entrance which currently overlooks the sprawling construction site. Etess also confirmed that all roadwork currently underway, including a long sidewalk running parallel to Route 32 will be finished.

While the news of Earth Casino's delay is a downer for all of us, nobody will be feeling the effects more than the 100+ construction crew now working on the foundation, not to mention the expected 2,000+ workers set to begin construction of the 39-story hotel tower, spa, restaurant and retail shopping corridor and House of Blues concert space. Furthermore, an estimated 1,500 people were expected to find employment at the Earth Casino when it opened for business.

Yep, it's tough times indeed for Connecticut and the Mohegan tribe's world famous gambling resort destination. The one positive about all of this is that the casino's current employees have a little bit more job security now that the costly project has been scratched for the time being.

Originally published: October, 2008 | Categories: Gambling

 

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