A planned overhaul of an elevated section of Interstate 91 in Springfield Massachusetts is raising questions about access to two proposed downtown casinos.
MGM is planning an estimated $800 million downtown casino that would front the highway. Penn National Gaming, which is planning an $807 million casino, estimates that 40 percent of its traffic would come from the elevated section of I- 91.
The Republican reports that Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said traffic plans will be a major factor when awarding licenses.
Earlier today, WAMC's Paul Tuthill asked Springfield Domenic Sarno about a published report that the FBI is investigating a political consultant's ties to the mayor's office. Tuthill asked if he was aware of an FBI investigation.
The state law that legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts requires voters in a host community to approve the casino development in a referendum. The law permits cities , such as Springfield, to hold either an at-large vote or limit it to just the ward where the casino would be built. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is adamant the voter referendum on whether there should be a casino built in Springfield will be held city-wide.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts, Friday, launched a formal casino selection process and set an early October deadline for casino operators to make their intentions known. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Casino operators that want to build in Springfield have until October 10 to file an initial proposal with the city. After a preliminary review, city officials will determine by November 1st which projects will advance to a more rigorous evaluation that will eventually culminate in a voter referendum on casino gambling in Springfield.