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Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut

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The tribe signed a lease agreement to use the parking lot at the defunct Norwich State Hospital to handle overflow parking from its casino. Chairman Mark Brown signed the lease in mid-October with the state Department of Public, said Charles Brunnell, the tribe's chief of staff. Terms of the lease were not released, but the tribe said the agreement would be voided if the state sells the property to some other group. "It's the most money the state has earned on that property in some time,'' Brunnell said. The hospital parking lot would be used when the casino runs out of parking spaces, most likely on the weekends and during special events, he said. Patrons will park in the lot as needed and travel to the casino in shuttle buses. With the Sunburst casino expansion and the opening of the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, more parking is needed. The future of the 470-acre former psychiatric hospital site on the Thames River has been hotly debated for years, but no permanent plan for the site has been put into action. Last year, the Mohegans and a Boston developer withdrew their offers to build a hotel, golf course, spa and condominiums on the property.