Friday, December 18, 2009


Norwich Bulletin
Posted Dec 17, 2009 @ 11:38 PM

Montville, Conn. — The 176-room Hyatt Place Uncasville hotel on Route 32 is scheduled to open for business Sunday.

John Juszczyk, assistant project manager for Hyatt, said earlier this week that he had been working on last-minute preparations for a final inspection by the town on the $16 million, six-story hotel.

Dave Jensen, Montville’s deputy building official, said the hotel’s final “punch list” of items needed for completion partly included proper use of signs, fire safety check and proper means of exit.

Mayor Joe Jaskiewicz said the town is pleased that Hyatt persisted with its plans despite the economy’s downturn.

In 2008, Mohegan Tribe, which operates the Mohegan Sun casino nearby, suspended construction of the remaining $734 million of the Earth Expansion, a project that included a hotel and was expected to create 1,200 permanent jobs and at least as many construction jobs.
Jaskiewicz said hotel officials have told him nearly all the rooms are booked for New Year’s Eve.

He’s also glad the hotel will generate taxes for the town.

“It will bring people in the town and hopefully not only go to the casino, but go to the shopping mall and do some shopping and go to the restaurants in town,” he said.

Hyatt spokeswoman Amy Patti said each room has the same layout, which includes a 42-inch high-definition TV, and guests receive complimentary breakfast and wireless access. There’s also an indoor swimming pool, a guest kitchen and 850 square feet of meeting space.

EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE; How come Hyatt can build a hotel, probably for a lot less money than what the Mohegans had planned (Project Horizon)?

Hyatt, I am sure paid a lot less for their hotel, and I am sure they will be able to fill the rooms. I believe because of their credit rating they didn't have to pay the high interest rate that the Mohegans (MTGA) will have to pay down the road to finish their hotel.

Will the Mohegan hotel (Project Horizon) ever make money, and will it ever get completed? Did the Mohegan Tribal Council ruin a good thing? Did the Mohegan Tribal Council under Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum, Lynn Malerba, Mark Brown and Roland Harris cause the financial problems the Mohegan Tribe finds itself in? What do you think?


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