The Mashpee Wampanoags released plans Monday for the tribe’s planned resort and casino in Taunton.  The tribe is planning to break ground on the project next month.

The plan for the First Light Resort & Casino includes a 150,000 square foot casino, 10 retail stores, restaurants, and three hotels with a total of 900 rooms. They’re planning an April groundbreaking, which as Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell points out, would be sooner than the planned MGM casino in Springfield or the Wynn casino in Everett, which is held up by a lawsuit from Somerville.

“So as all the naysayers and haters out there in the newspaper and the media said, ‘oh, tribe will never have.’ We’re having, and we’re moving forward, and we’re really excited for the tribe and the city of Taunton and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," Cromwell said.

Developers trying to build a casino in nearby Brockton had argued the tribe’s plan would be held up for years by lawsuits, including one from Taunton residents that the Brockton developers are funding. The state Gaming Commission is expected to rule by the end of the month on whether the Brockton project will receive a license.

If the Wampanoag casino is the only one in the region, the tribe will pay 17 percent of its gaming revenues to the state. But if a casino opens in Brockton, the tribal payments to the state disappear.

"Which then, from an economic development perspective, no casino in the Commonwealth can compete with us," said Cromwell. "And so the Gaming Commission will have single handedly destroyed the gaming landscape in the Commonwealth."

At a public meeting of the Gaming Commission in Brockton earlier this month, executives for developer Rush Street Gaming said their casino could be a success, even if the Wampanoag casino in Brockton is open just 15 miles away.