Plans for Suffolk Downs Resort Could Mean New Jobs for Glaziers and Others
June 12, 2012

by Ellen Rogers, erogers@glass.com and Erica Terrini, eterrini@glass.com

Recently announced plans to build a new resort and casino in Massachusetts could mean a surge of jobs for the construction industry-including contract glaziers. Officials with Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred racetrack, announced details about its plans to develop a Caesars-branded resort and casino and renderings show the proposed structure to be one sheathed in glass. The $1 billion development plan for the 163-acre site includes a hotel, restaurants, a casino gaming complex, retail shops, entertainment areas, luxury spa facilities and horse racing.

Boston-based Elkus Manfredi is the architect of record. Suffolk Downs has not yet released the name of any contract glaziers participating in the project and both the Downs and Elkus Manfredi declined to comment.

"The process of earning a license requires significant investment and substantial resources and we have worked with our partners at Caesars Entertainment to assemble a best-in-class team as we move toward a second phase of larger public review of our plans to create thousands of jobs and improve the local economy," says Joe O'Donnell, principal owner of Suffolk Downs.

In the coming days and weeks, Suffolk Downs will share detailed plans about the development and transportation plans, as well as plans for broader community input on jobs and job training, opportunities for local businesses, public safety programs, regional tourism initiatives and entertainment partnerships.

According to organizers, the development is expected to generate $200 million annually in new tax revenue as well as 2,500 construction and more than 4,000 resort jobs for local residents, among other details.

The development would include, among other details, an approximately 300-room hotel, entertainment and nightclub venues, up to ten restaurants and approximately 200,000 square feet of gaming space. The architectural renderings also illustrate a potential additional hotel on a future phase of development that may contain up to 150 rooms.

According to Suffolk Downs' chief operating officer, Chip Tuttle, the racetrack intends to communicate with the surrounding communities as plans for the casino develop.

"One of the benefits of this development will be roadway improvements that the local community has deserved for far too long," Tuttle says.

But not all in the area are in support of the new business. One local contract glazing company representative, who requested not to be identified, says there would be no benefits for his company despite the promise of job opportunities for locals.

"Basically it's not going to help us at all because Massachusetts is a very pro-union state and I know we wouldn't have a chance because we are private-especially with the way the economy is now," the owner says. "It will probably hurt us with the traffic congestion, and then with the crime associated with casinos. I'm not for it at all."

Suffolk Downs will release detailed plans for proposed transportation and infrastructure improvements in a few days, Tuttle says.

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