With the swift writing of a giant check, Suffolk Downs has entered the legitimate realm of possibility when it comes to turning the track into a full fledged casino. This happened last week when Suffolk Downs President Chip Tuttle wrote out a $400,000 check for the Gaming Commission and delivered it.
That $400,000, which is non-refundable, is the first gambit in the effort by Suffolk Downs to secure a license for a full casino on the sprawling 155 acre site located here and in East Boston.
Suffolk Downs filed an official letter of intent as well as handing over the check to get the ball officially rolling.
As a result, Suffolk Downs development officials are allowed to solicit the interest of state agencies to begin planning for the reality of what is likely to follow.
Suffolk Downs is now able to speak about traffic mitigation plans with officials of the state Highway and Transportation Departments.
In addition, it is believed that the Gambling Commission is showing a bit more resolve to get something done sooner rather than later by accepting initial letters of intent.
Suffolk Downs is planning a $1 billion facility at the horse track and the horse track will remain running as a requirement of the legislation allowing casino gambling.