KP Law has been at the forefront of the legal community in educating, advising and representing municipalities in negotiating host and surrounding community agreements with gaming facility developers, as well as related regulation, permitting and contracting activities. We also regularly practice before the state’s Gaming Commission. Representative matters include:
- City of Everett: Representation of the City of Everett with respect to a proposed $1.3 billion resort casino proposed by Wynn Resorts. Negotiated the first Host Community Agreement to be signed under the Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act, which will (among numerous other benefits to the City) provide the City with $30 million in up-front payments and approximately $30 million per year in revenue after the facility opens. Currently overseeing the City’s comprehensive land-use planning efforts related to the project, assisting the City in establishing a Redevelopment Authority and Urban Renewal Plan, and negotiating complex three-party agreements relative to acquisition and disposition of state-owned land to facilitate the project.
- City of West Springfield: Represented the City of West Springfield as host community to a $800 million resort casino proposed by Hard Rock International. Negotiated a Host Community Agreement which would provide the City with $18 million to $23 million per year, as well as tens of millions of dollars in road and other infrastructure improvements.
- City of Leominster: Negotiated a Host Community Agreement with respect to a proposed $200 million slot machine gaming facility. Under the Agreement, the City will receive 2% of the facility’s Gross Gaming Revenues, with the minimum payments of $3.8 million.
- Town of Millbury: Represented the Town of Millbury in the negotiation of a Host Community Agreement with respect to a proposed $200 million slot machine gaming facility. Under the agreement, the Town would receive a minimum payments of $3.25 million.
- Town of Plainville: Represented the Town of Plainville in the negotiation of a Host Community Agreement with respect to a proposed $125 million gaming facility, to be added to the existing Plainridge racetrack and off-track betting facility. Under the agreement, the Town will receive a minimum of $4.3 million in annual revenues. We continue to represent the Town with respect to ongoing regulatory and permitting aspects of the project.
- Host Community Agreements: Represented communities in negotiating five of the eleven Host Community Agreements that have been negotiated and signed under the Expanded Gaming Act, handling nearly half of the agreements in Massachusetts.
- Surrounding Community Agreements: Representing numerous potential surrounding communities in negotiating mitigation agreements with casino developers.