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GLR Criteria Letter - Petitti

GLR Criteria Letter - Petitti

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 Mayor Alex B. Morse Office of Planning & Economic DevelopmentCity of Holyoke
HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS 01040-5037PHONE: (413) 322-5655
FAX: (413) 534-2299
 Birthplace of Volleyball 
November 28, 2012Charles J. Petitti2 Watertown StreetNewton, MA 02460Dear Mr. Petitti:
As you are aware, this week Mayor Morse indicated his interest to consider proposals for Gaming-LicensedResort (GLR) projects, if locating such a resort in Holyoke presented a more favorable outcome for the City andregion than a development of this kind close to, but outside of our borders. Understanding the mandated timeconstraints on developers dictated by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s (MGC) Phase I Application deadlineon January 15, 2013, we are dedicated to establishing an efficient review process while ensuring a transparent andengaged discussion of the options presented to the City.The potential for a GLR to be located in Holyoke exists if such a resort can meet and exceed the criteria setout below which are based on the Mayor’s core principles, that he espoused since this issue was first raised.Additionally, while state legislation provides that the ultimate decision to vet development proposals rests withMayors, the Mayor intends to immediately form a community committee to assist him in vetting proposals and togather community input, in advance of the Phase II negotiations, which occurs after the January 15
deadline. Thisletter, therefore, describes those minimum principles, the criteria which will guide the executive’s review, subject tosupplementation and improvement by community input. Additionally, this letter serves to establish a preliminaryschedule for an initial review process prior to a Phase I application to the MGC.
GLR Criteria to be Addressed
A favored GLR project proposal shall be judged by whether it best achieves and exemplifies the followingprinciples:1.
The Project shall be and detail how it shall be, not a convenience gambling location, but rather a regionaltourist resort with gaming as one of its many amenities.2.
The Project shall address the potential negative impacts of gaming on the local quality of life, including butnot limited to issues of addiction and crime.3.
The Project shall engage local ownership, make a sustainable and substantial commitment to allneighborhoods and provide for investment in the downtown.4.
The Project shall include and provide meaningful entertainment and recreation options other than gambling,and shall support local and regional entertainment options.5.
The Project shall not detrimentally impact local neighborhood traffic and shall fully mitigate any remainingsuch traffic.
The Project shall have identified, addressed and minimized any and all infrastructure hurdles, impacts and orlimitations, including but not limited to traffic, highway access, water, electricity and other utilities, andpublic safety.7.
The Project shall incorporate and utilize sustainable development principles such as, but not limited to, LEEDcertification, incorporation of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and natural resource conservation.8.
The Project shall be committed to the revitalization of the City’s downtown and shall support, financially andmaterially, the City’s redevelopment initiatives.9.
The Project shall work with local partners on the hiring, training and promotion of a diverse and skilled localworkforce.10.
The Project shall be committed to local business participation, with particular emphasis on minority, womenand veteran owned business enterprises, both during the construction of said resort and its subsequentoperation.11.
The Project shall enhance open space, recreation and natural resources and their utilization as well as mitigateand address environmental impacts.12.
During construction and operation, the Project shall maximize filling jobs with local residents, ethnicminorities, women and veterans, shall provide for labor harmony and shall commit to the payment of prevailing wages.13.
The Project should respect and reflect the history and character of its surroundings and City, including theintegration of architectural characteristics and uses.14.
The Project shall reflect a true commitment to the people and neighborhoods of both Holyoke and the region.Once the Community Committee has been formed, these proposals and the criteria shall be vetted with them forfurther comment, as well as with regional communities and Mayors.
MGC Proposal Requirements
In addition, please have in mind that there are minimum qualifications required prior to seeking the approval of the MGC and negotiating a host agreement with the City of Holyoke. The following are several of the critical, but byno means all of the necessary elements that will be expected as part of each proposal:1.
Possess a team with proven experience in GLR development and operation.2.
Possess sufficient land control to develop the project.3.
Identification of all necessary local, state and federal permitting requirements, where applicable.4.
Identification of all traffic, access, utility and other impacts.

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