downtown casino http://wamc.org en Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development http://wamc.org/post/study-finds-strong-potential-downtown-housing-development <p>A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed.&nbsp; But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 78033 at http://wamc.org Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development New Hotel Construction Seen As Sign Of Business Rebound http://wamc.org/post/new-hotel-construction-seen-sign-business-rebound <p>Years before a casino might open in downtown Springfield Massachusetts construction on new hotels is beginning.&nbsp;&nbsp; The people who sell the city as a tourist destination say it is a positive development.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> &nbsp;A new 100 -room hotel is expected to open in downtown Springfield by the end of this year, and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled next week for a new six- story hotel that will also have nearly 100 guest rooms when it opens in about a year.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:14:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 71140 at http://wamc.org New Hotel Construction Seen As Sign Of Business Rebound Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-applicants-now-face-background-investigations <p>Eleven applications have been filed for lucrative gaming licenses in Massachusetts. Companies that want to develop resort&nbsp; casinos&nbsp; or a slots parlor had to meet a 5PM Tuesday deadline to file paperwork and a non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby was thrilled. He said the state is primed to achieve maximum job creation and revenue from its fledgling gambling industry.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:04:26 +0000 Paul Tuthill 55860 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations Casino Proposals Draw Praise, Concerns At Springfield Forum http://wamc.org/post/casino-proposals-draw-praise-concerns-springfield-forum <p>Top executives from casino industry heavyweights MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming pitched their competing&nbsp; plans for Springfield Massachusetts last night.&nbsp; The forum drew hundreds of people with questions about the impact of a casino development in downtown Springfield.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:40:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 53757 at http://wamc.org Casino Proposals Draw Praise, Concerns At Springfield Forum Hiring Assurances Sought From Potential Casino Operators http://wamc.org/post/hiring-assurances-sought-potential-casino-operators <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Casino operators are promising thousands of jobs will be created when a resort casino project comes to western Massachusetts.&nbsp; Labor leaders are working to guarantee construction jobs go only to union workers. A civil rights leader is seeking assurances that jobs will be plentiful for people of color. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 47863 at http://wamc.org Hiring Assurances Sought From Potential Casino Operators Springfield Puts Temporary Hold On Casino Selection Work http://wamc.org/post/springfield-puts-temporary-hold-casino-selection-work <p>The city of Springfield Massachusetts put its casino competition on hold Wednesday. The move came one day after the state’s top gambling industry regulators raised questions about the city’s casino selection process.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 47212 at http://wamc.org Springfield Puts Temporary Hold On Casino Selection Work Competing Casino Proposals Possible In Downtown Springfield http://wamc.org/post/competing-casino-proposals-possible-downtown-springfield <p>Two Massachusetts businessmen, who happen to be brothers, may be competing to build a resort casino in the downtown area of the state&rsquo;s third largest city.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Paul Tuthill reports.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:31:01 +0000 Paul Tuthill 41553 at http://wamc.org Competing Casino Proposals Possible In Downtown Springfield