New England News
4:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Competing Casino Proposals Possible In Downtown Springfield

Two Massachusetts businessmen, who happen to be brothers, may be competing to build a resort casino in the downtown area of the state’s third largest city.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

             A company controlled by Peter Picknelly is offering to buy the North Main street property owned by the Republican Newspaper of Springfield  for a casino development. And, according to the paper, Paul Picknelly  has approached city officials about a plan to build a casino along South Main street.  Springfield City Council President James Ferrera says the level of interest in a casino for Springfield is exciting.

            Nevada based gaming company Ameristar has purchased a former industrial site on the city’s east side for a casino.. The state’’s new gambling law allows for one casino license in the four western most counties..