The ante has been upped in the competition for a resort casino development in western Massachusetts.
The company that owns land in Palmer off the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mohegan Sun hopes to build a resort casino announced plans Monday for a commercial development with stores, restaurants and a small hotel adjacent to the site of the proposed casino. Leon Dragone, manager of Northeast Reality Associates said this would be built well before the state makes a decision on awarding a casino license in western Massachusetts.
City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International. The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July. Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders tried to jumpstart negotiations over siting several new gambling casinos in New York. But they also conceded that the plans might be delayed for another year.
Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo met for the first time together in over a month, and they focused on an issue they had originally hoped to settle in the budget, the expansion of gambling in New York.
The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts and a top official with MGM Resorts International signed a casino development deal on Wednesday. The signing ceremony marks the start of a campaign to convince the city’s voters to ratify the agreement.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has chosen MGM Resorts International to develop an $800 million casino project in the city’s downtown. It puts MGM one step closer to competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusett.
Springfield would receive more than $25 million annually in taxes and other payments from MGM Resorts if it is successful in building the resort casino, under the terms of a comprehensive development agreement announced Tuesday by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Of the four companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts, one has stood out when it comes to marketing. MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a casino in downtown Springfield, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.