There are at least a couple of reasons why the Milford location is not a good fit for a casino.
One reason is the water situation. We are all aware that every summer we are subject to voluntary or involuntary water bans. A casino hotel would obviously need a source of water they could depend on.
If a proposed resort casino complex ever comes to Milford, it would have to find its own water supply – most likely by running a pipeline to the nearest town supplied by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) – because the Milford Water Company “just doesn’t have that capacity.”
The nearest town that is an MWRA customer is Ashland.
Construction of a pipeline would probably result in delays that would be too costly for the gaming commission to wait for the MWRA hook up.
The current proposal for the Crossroads casino has an off ramp from 495 servicing the casino. Due to federal regulations this off ramp will not be allowed.
A spokesman for the state DOT said construction of new highway ramps must adhere to federal standards and new proposals would go through several levels of review for environmental impacts.
“A new ramp would have to make a connection to a public way; no new construction can connect solely to a private development or private way,” Michael Verseckes, a DOT spokesman, said.