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Officials discuss Brimfield casino plans

Developer likely to be announced in January

December 28, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Town officials and residents will soon learn more about the proposed development of a resort-style casino in town, as David Callahan is expected to announce the developer he has chosen during a Board of Selectmen meeting in January.

Callahan, the chief executive officer of Palmer Paving, operates a holding company called Rolling Hills Estates that owns 300 acres of land in the western end of Brimfield near the Massachusetts Turnpike and the town's border with Warren. The property is not far from the section of Palmer where Mohegan Sun officials have expressed interest in building a casino near exit 8 on the turnpike.

A few town department heads recently met with Callahan to discuss the impacts a potential casino would have on their daily functions. Fire Chief Fred Piechota said a substation might need to be constructed near the proposed site in order to meet response requirements, although the department still needs to learn more about the project in order to make any definitive plans.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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