Boston track unveils casino plans


Rendering of the proposed casino featured in Suffolk Downs YouTube video

BOSTON (AP) — The owners of Suffolk Downs have unveiled plans for a $1 billion casino at the 77-year-old Boston horse track.

The proposal announced on Tuesday calls for a 163-acre site in the East Boston neighborhood with a casino, hotel, restaurants, retail shops, entertainment areas and racing.

It would be known as "The Resort at Suffolk Downs." The announcement included the first architectural renderings of the proposed facility. Suffolk Downs also released a YouTube video entitled, "Where Else, but Boston?"

Suffolk Downs and its partner, Caesars Entertainment of Las Vegas, plan to bid for one of the three resort casino licenses under the state's new gambling law.

Officials of the track said they would spend millions of dollars to address traffic concerns in the congested urban neighborhood.

Suffolk Downs officials say they will seek host community agreements with Boston and neighboring Revere.