Sarno Administration Ready To Answer Questions About Casino Deal

May 8, 2013

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts says he is ready to defend a casino development deal that will be debated by the city council at a special meeting on Friday

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the selection of MGM Resorts to develop an $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield
Credit WAMC

Mayor Domenic Sarno said his economic development advisors and hired casino consultants will answer any questions councilors have about the host community agreement he signed last week with MGM Resorts.

The city council must approve the agreement in order to send it to a city wide voter referendum. Springfield voters must approve the casino development before MGM can ask the state gaming commission for a license. City Council President James Ferrera said he has some concernsĀ  about the agreement which commits MGM to make annual payments to the city , reach employment goals, and pay for amenities such asĀ  improvements to city parks .