Residents in Preston vote today on whether to approve the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's plan to redevelop a former hospital.
The 388-acre property that used to be home to the Norwich State Hospital has sat empty for two decades, but soon it could become a major destination for tourists and residents.
The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority wants to develop the site. Their proposal calls for a sports complex, marina, time shares, senior living facility, and an indoor water park resort.
In total, the tribe says the project will cost $600 million.
Local leaders told NBC Connecticut back in January that they expected the plan to create 750 construction jobs and hundreds of full time positions.
"A development of this type and this magnitude will jumpstart the region," said Sean Nugent, chairman of the Preston Redevelopment Agency.
Preston first Selectman Bob Congdon says the southeastern part of the state has been the slowest to recover from the recession.
Voters are being asked to approve about $15 million dollars in funding for the project. That figure includes up to $10 million in state funding, $2.5 million in bonding, and $2 million in other appropriations.
The polls opened at 6 a.m. at Preston Town Hall and will close at 8 p.m.
Photo Credit: Preston Redevelopment Agency