Facing stiff competition from rival projects, officials representing Suffolk Downs' bid for casino development rights have dramatically revamped the design for their proposed facility.
The new development plans, which were featured in an article in the Boston Globe, greatly increase the green space with more gardens and trees added around the casino. Officials hope that the design, which reduces the “sea of asphalt” around the facility, will be a key selling point in their bid.
The architectural firm, Sasaki Associates of Watertown, produced the new designs, which are the first major change to the casino design since Suffolk Downs initially unveiled plans for the development last June. At the time, Suffolk was the only contender for the lucrative casino license. However, as the Jan. 15 filing deadline approached, two other companies joined the race for the license.
“This is a really stunning vision for how the property can look in the future, compared to what it looks like now,” Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs, said of the new plans. “It's a part of our commitment to having the most sustainably designed gaming property in the United States.”
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