MGM Resorts International

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MGM Resorts International is planning to start demolishing buildings in mid-January to clear the site in downtown Springfield where the company intends to build the first casino in western Massachusetts.  2015 was a year of delay and downsizing for the casino project.

When MGM held the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Springfield casino in late March with the former Zanetti school building as the backdrop for photographs with construction workers and machinery no one would have predicted the building would still be standing nine months later.

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MGM  has secured approvals from Massachusetts casino industry regulators and the city of Springfield’s legislative body that allow it to demolish buildings and do other work to prepare the site where the company proposes to build a $950 million casino. After almost a year of delays, there could soon be significant construction work on the project.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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Massachusetts gambling regulators are pressing for more details on why the cost of MGM’s planned Springfield casino has ballooned.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, during a meeting in Springfield Thursday, heard mixed opinions from the public about changes in the project MGM is proposing in an effort to control the costs.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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The top executive from MGM Resorts International reaffirmed his commitment to the Massachusetts casino project in Springfield this week and apologized for a communications breakdown with City Hall over a proposal to reduce the scope of the development. He also said more changes are in store for the $800 million project, but nothing he would consider major.

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The top brass from MGM Resorts International are coming to Springfield, Massachusetts this week to do some fence- mending.  Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city officials were blindsided by MGM’s proposal to downsize the Springfield casino project by 14 percent.  But, a detailed public explanation of the reasons for the changes proposed in the project will likely not be forthcoming this week.

WAMC

A top official with MGM Resorts International Monday pledged the company’s strong commitment to building a casino in Springfield. MGM upped the ante by announcing plans to take a former school department building off the city’s hands and redevelop it.

WAMC

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.

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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, MGM Reach Casino Impact Agreement

Jan 14, 2014
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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."

East Longmeadow Signs Casino Impact Deal With MGM

Dec 13, 2013

East Longmeadow has signed an agreement with MGM Resorts International to compensate any negative impact of a proposed casino in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Republican reports the deal is $100,000 a year for 15 years.

The chairman of the board of selectmen says impact studies find the town would see about a 6 percent increase in traffic.

The town will get $50,000 for consultant fees for its independent impact study, and will be able to reassess one year after a casino opens and again at five years.

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