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Mohegan Sun seeks break of exclusivity in Palmer

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PALMER, MA (WSHM) -

Northeast Realty has an agreement of exclusivity with Mohegan Sun for their 152 acres in Palmer.

Despite likely not winning their referendum vote, the casino hopes to control the land for the next 95 years.

"I asked the public to make its own judgement looking at the facts," said Stephen Spelman, attorney for Northeast Realty. "They were supposedly first, but they were last on everything."

Spelman had some harsh words for Mohegan, following a letter he received on Wednesday from Mitchell Etess, the casino's CEO.

While Etess did not confirm Mohegan is pursuing a casino in the eastern part of the state, he said they are seeking a break in their exclusivity in Palmer, without walking away from the land.

CBS 3 reviewed the letter, which states in part: "While the agreements are hereby terminated, that certain ground lease between Northeast Realty Associates and Mohegan dated Oct. 21, 2008, remains in full force and effect."

Spelman said that is a violation of the casino's entire agreement with his client.

"What they've done, attempted to say, is we get to do what we want," said Spelman. "You can't do anything. So, we're going to have our cake and eat it too."

Town Councilor Paul Burns, who supported the casino project, said he never envisioned this situation occurring with Mohegan.

"I've had my issues with Mohegan Sun over the years," Burns stated. "We haven't been in full agreement on a lot of things, but I didn't think they would play this kind of a game at the end of it."

Burns looked at Mohegan's proposal as an economic development project. He doesn't want to see the 152 acres left alone for the next nine and a half decades.

"They came into town claiming to be good neighbors for centuries," said Burns. "Here we now have our good neighbor just trying to lock it up and prevent any other use that they don't approve of on that land."

CBS 3 reached out to Mohegan Sun for comment, but they have not responded to our requests.

Aside from Wednesday's letter, Spelman said the casino has had no contact with him either.

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