The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has assigned the state’s first resort casino license to MGM. The entertainment industry giant got the go-ahead from the industry regulators today to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, but a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the project.
The unanimous vote by the five-member gaming commission was greeted with a standing ovation from more than 300 people who packed a ballroom inside the MassMutual Convention Center less than a block from where the casino would be built.
BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts communities near proposed resort casino sites have petitioned the state's gambling commission for "surrounding community" status.
Under state law, casino developers are required to negotiate agreements with municipalities designated as surrounding communities. Such agreements could include funds to help offset impacts a casino might have on traffic or public safety in a neighboring city or town.
Holyoke has a deal with MGM Resorts International for money and benefits to offset the impact of a proposed casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Springfield Republican reports the "surrounding community" agreement announced Monday calls for MGM to pay Holyoke $50,000 up front and nearly $1.28 million over 15 years if it gets a state casino license, and also to provide residents with "hundreds of permanent job opportunities."
Massachusetts Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says she's optimistic that voter turnout could approach 25 percent Tuesday when Springfield voters decide on a casino project proposed by MGM Resorts International.
The Republican reports that groups lobbying for and against the casino plan are working to get out the vote with mailings, telephone calls and door knocking.