Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A City on a Hill

Mohegan Sun went before the Plains Township zoning board Monday night for issues related to the construction of a nine story hotel and conference center.  The township has now removed most of the hurdles standing in the way of the new hotel.

The hotel will have 300 rooms, and will be the largest in Luzerne County.  The conference center will be 25,000 square feet.

I'm sure the project will provide jobs, and jobs are good.

On the other hand, Mohegan Sun has become a city unto itself.  You will be able to eat, sleep, gamble and shop without leaving the property.

Oh, you might want to go to Sheetz across the street for a cheap eggamuffin and a tank of gas.  You might have to go to Walmart down the road to replace the shirt you lost at the casino.

Mohegan Sun is forced to pay a lot in taxes, and I'm okay with that.

The thing I fear is a lack of a major positive impact on the area around the casino.  Why build in the neighborhood when Mohegan Sun has everything a vacationer needs?