Myths

Casino Myth Busters HeadingMisconceptions about the Foxwoods casino proposal abound. Check out our “busted” casino myths below:

CASINO MYTH #1
A casino will never be built in Milford. It’s just not going to happen.

THE FACT IS THIS:  Foxwoods is currently investing millions of dollars on consultants to design their development and determine the impact of their proposal on Milford. When reporting the amounts being spent by Foxwoods to Selectmen on May 6th, the Shefsky & Froelich attorney emphasized, “It shows they’re serious.”

A good chunk of those millions has been dedicated specifically to strategic communication, public relations, and polling consultants. These funds include some walking-around money to do favors for groups in town to demonstrate what generous neighbors they would be. For months now, Milford’s residents have been inundated with telephone surveys. Now the paid Foxwoods campaign workers are knocking on our doors. The Foxwoods slick and sophisticated marketing campaign is definitely aimed at converting non-believers without providing the full scope of the negative impacts on our residential community.

We CAN stop Foxwoods by voting NO on November 19th. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors and share your concerns. Working together we can keep Milford Casino Free!

To learn how you can help keep Milford casino free, print and share our “Fifteen Ways You Can Keep Milford Casino Free” fact flyer.

CASINO MYTH #2
Our property values in Milford will all go UP when a casino is built here!

THE FACTS:
Already Potential Buyers Are Questioning the Risk of
Buying in Milford.

Here is what buyer Matthew Iandoli said about the prospect:

Out of all the cities and towns in MA, my girlfriend and I thought Milford would be a great location to buy our first home, but we just recently found out it’s the potEntering Milfordential site for a casino, so we no longer consider it an option. Even though we viewed four affordable and perfectly located houses in Milford, we believe the future resale value would be negatively impacted if a casino were to be built in the town. Therefore, the financial risk outweighs the positive assets the town has to offer. Furthermore, the increase in traffic due to the casino would make our commute unbearable.

Even Foxwoods Admits the Homes Near the Casino Will Decrease in Value.
Foxwoods Massachusetts President and CEO Scott Butera dismissed concerns that property values would decrease in town when he met with the Milford Board of Selectmen on April 8, 2013, although he later conceded that the property values of homes in close proximity to the casino might drop, “I guess if you’re the house right next to the casino, it might be a little different.”

Right across the street from the proposed casino’s entrance isZain Condos a neighborhood of 42 single family homes and 45 condominiums. The average home value per residence is $300,000. It is impossible to say exactly how much these property values would decline if the proposed destination resort casino is actually built. It is logical to assume the property values would NOT go up.

And the Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Also Believes that Property Values Will Go Down.
In an interview with NECN BroadSide host Jim Braude, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby was asked if he would want a casino where he lives. Crosby’s response? “Not too close because it would bring down property values.”  To watch it NOW, click here.

Demand Increases for Multifamily Accommodations, But DECREASES for Single Family Homes.
What really happens in casino communities is that demand rises for multifamily accommodations. Therefore, modestly priced multifamily unReduced For Saleits, as well as homes that can be legally or illegally converted into multifamily use, can increase in value. Single family homes, which constitute most of the appraised property in Milford, will decrease in price because of decreased demand for single family homes located in a “casino town.”

We can preserve our community and our property values by working together to keep Milford Casino Free!  To learn how, print and share our “Fifteen Ways You Can Keep Milford Casino Free” fact flyer.

CASINO MYTH #3
The Milford Water Company can provide plenty of water for a new destination resort casino, as well as existing residents and businesses!

The Foxwoods Casino Would Drain Our Water Supply

Illustration (c) 2013 Veronica Lynch

THE FACTS:
Water Usage Restrictions Are an Ongoing Fact of Life Here in Milford.

The Milford Water Company is constantly monitoring and restricting water usage to ensure we do not run out of this precious commodity.

The current conservation status is STAGE II – DROUGHT WATCH, issued June 18, 2013. This mandatory requirement means that Milford residents are currently limited to using outside water between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM on odd or even days, depending upon your house number. Refer to: http://www.milfordwater.com/

Our Water Supply Is So Precarious That the Water Company Will Terminate Service Upon a Second Violation of the Conservation Order.
The Water Company stresses that they will issue a written warning for the first violation of the conservation order, but will TERMINATE water service upon a second violation. In fact, the Water Company asks local residents to:

Call and report any violators. … All calls are anonymous and no names are needed, just an address.

Refer to: http://www.milfordwater.com/wanted-water/

Milford Has a Minimal Buffer in Its Water Supply.
The Milford Water Company’s current production capacity is between 2.65 and 2.8 million gallons per day (MGD). Milford currently uses an average of 2.63MGD, leaving us with a reserve capacity of only 0.17 MGD. This low reserve capacity partially accounts for our ongoing water restrictions.

Foxwoods Would Use A Lot of Water.
At current production levels, the Milford Water Company would not be able to supply the casino’s needs. Additional yield is needed from existing wells to supply the casino. There is NO GUARANTEE additional capacity will be found to satisfy the casino’s needs.
When comparing the Foxwoods’ generated numbers of projected water usage to similar developments, they seem suspicious.

Casino # of Rooms Water Usage (gallons)
Wynn (Everett) 551 392,700
Suffolk Downs 450 379,910
FOXWOODS 500 270,000

The host community agreement requires the Milford Water Company to find 135% more water than they pump today to accommodate Foxwoods’ demand.

135% of 270,000 is 365,000, which is still an estimated amount BELOW the projected needs of both the Wynn and Suffolk Downs resort casino developments.

What if  Foxwoods’ estimate is too low?

We can preserve our community AND our water supply
by working together to keep Milford Casino Free!

Learn how in our printable flyer “15 Easy Ways You Can Help Keep Milford Casino Free.

CASINO MYTH #4
The traffic going to and from a Foxwoods casino in Milford will not have much of an impact on our local roads or highways.

THE FACTS:
Traffic Congestion Is an Ongoing Headache for Milford Residents.
Everyone who lives and works in Milford knows that traffic can really back up on our local roads and highways. Main Street traffic in Milford is often at a standstill due to excessive volume.

Illustration (c) 2013 Veronica Lynch

Illustration (c) 2013 Veronica Lynch

The Foxwoods “Traffic Impact and Access Study” states the casino will ultimately generate even more traffic, approximately over 20,000 trips every Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday; 29,700 trips every Friday; 36,800 trips every Saturday; and more than 26,000 trips every Sunday. The highest volume is projected to be Saturday evening when 2,758 vehicles are expected to be arriving and exiting the casino within the peak hour of 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Refer to: Foxwoods “Traffic Impact and Access Study” July 9, 2013

Casino Traffic Will Include More Than Just Cars.
If the Foxwoods casino were to be built, thousands of employees, patrons, vendors, and service providers would be traveling back and forth to the casino on a daily basis. These vehicles would include not only cars, but also limos, buses, long-distance haulers, laundry service vans, landscaping trucks, armored trucks, and garbage trucks. (Foxwoods Connecticut sees 100 buses a day.) The additional traffic volume will be coming not only from within Milford, but also from surrounding towns. Those in regions not convenient to the Mass Pike or I-495 will need to make their way to the casino via local roads, particularly Routes 16, 109, 140, 126, and 85.

Casino Traffic Will Be Moving 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year.
The casino will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, which means traffic will be moving to and from Foxwoods all day and all night. Foxwoods states that their peak traffic volume will occur Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday evening, but the fact of the matter is there will be a constant stream of traffic going in and out of Foxwoods every day and every night—unlike the traffic flow at an office park or shopping center.

Casino Traffic on I-495 Would Negatively Affect Milford Residents.
Many Milfordians travel on I-495 to commute to work each day. We also take I-495 to travel outside of Milford for shopping in Bellingham and Wrentham, games at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, and trips to the New Hampshire mountains and the Cape beaches. Some of us even use I-495 to travel quickly from the north side of Milford to the south side just to avoid all the traffic and lights on Fortune Boulevard, Beaver Street, and Main Street.

With I-495 traffic already close to a crawl at peak hours, how much worse will it be with 29% more vehicles on Fridays and 50% more vehicles on Saturdays?* Will the new proposed Collector/Distributor (CD) roads really solve the problem of the additional casino traffic? How will these tens of thousands of added vehicles affect our commutes and other travels?

* Foxwoods estimates that 91% of the casino traffic will use I-495. That’s approximately 27,000 more vehicle trips on Friday, representing a 29% increase over the current level of 93,000 vehicles. And it’s 33,500 more vehicle trips on Saturday, a 50% increase over the current level of 67,000 vehicles.

Residents on Route 16 Would Be Hardest Hit.
With one of the main entrances to Foxwoods being located on Route 16 and a new access point to I-495 from Route 16 being proposed, residents who live in this area will see the worst increase in town traffic, making it increasingly difficult just to turn left or right onto Route 16 each day. The Friday afternoon peak will produce over 400 more vehicles traveling on Route 16 between Fortune Boulevard and the Holliston town line. The expected traffic increase on Route 16 is so significant that Foxwoods’ engineer Sean Reardon has publicly stated that these area residents are being asked to “take a bullet for the town.”

What Impacts Are Missing from the Foxwoods Report?
The Foxwoods “Traffic Impact and Access Study” is 56 pages long and includes 18 appendices, but it neglects to address the following traffic-related concerns:

  • Construction! How many years will we be living in a road and highway construction zone? How agonizing will our commutes become when I-495 is being blasted and rebuilt to include four new CD roads? What roads will the construction vehicles use each day?
  • Noise and Air Pollution! The substantial increase in traffic will not only add to the congestion on our roadways, but will also increase our current noise and air pollution levels. Mitigation for addressing these two critical issues that affect our quality of life and public health will not be determined before a host community agreement is signed.
  • Traffic Accidents! An increase in traffic volume will most likely result in an increase in traffic accidents, putting more citizens at risk as well as causing more traffic delays.

Watch our TRAFFIC VIDEO that shows just how bad Milford traffic already is: