SOMERSET – Town selectmen have contracted Considine & Furey to help bring a resort casino to Somerset, agreeing to pay the Boston law firm 25 percent of first-year sums from licensed gaming, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported.
In addition, Considine & Furey will receive 10 percent of gaming revenue for the following four years, with an option to extend the contract. Under the contract, the firm will market a 100-acre plot located north of Route 103 that the board announced as a potential site for the casino they hope to bring into the town.
The open space land is assessed at $2.8 million, according to assessor’s records accessed by the Gazette.
Gaming lawyer Kevin Considine will appear before the board next week to give a presentation, said Chairman Donald Setters, who has supported the idea of a casino in Somerset as a means to offset revenue that will be lost when Brayton Point Power Station closes in June 2017.
Setters said the casino development would required permission of voters to change the zoning of the land and sell it, as well as a voter referendum on gaming if a developer expresses serious interest.