MGM Springfield casino

New England News
6:14 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle presents details of the company's Springfield casino project to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Credit WAMC

The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today.  The 90-minute public presentation marked the beginning of an evaluation process that is expected to culminate with the awarding of a casino license in the spring.

   MGM  Resorts International CEO James Murran told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that even though all competitors have fallen by the wayside, MGM’s Springfield project is the right choice to be awarded a lucrative casino license.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

City Eyes Future For Historic Downtown Church

Old First Church at Court Square in Springfield, MA
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is continuing preservation efforts on one of the oldest church buildings in New England, while looking to find a place for the property in the plans for downtown urban renewal.

Bids are being solicited by the city of Springfield for repairs to historic Old First Church, a white wood framed building in Court Square in the heart of the city’s downtown.  Patrick Sullivan, the city’s director of buildings management, said it’s estimated the church needs $100,000 in work to repair damage caused by the 2011 tornado.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Springfield Casino Committee Dissolved As Licensing Decision Nears

City Council President Mike Fenton, who created three new ad hoc committees for 2014, and dissolved the Casino Site Committee

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will have three new ad hoc committees this year. A special committee created two years ago to advise the council on casino issues has been dissolved

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton announced appointments to 15 standing committees and assigned councilors to chair three new special committees that will be tasked with identifying new revenue sources for the city, examining workforce development efforts, and attracting young professionals to live in Springfield.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Springfield Casino Supporters Pleased With Suitability Finding On MGM

Casino supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts received an early Christmas present on Monday. A regulatory ruling paves the way for a final decision this spring on what has been billed as the biggest economic development project in the city’s history

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, after reviewing a 10- month background investigation, cleared MGM Resorts International to be the lone applicant for a casino license in western Massachusetts. The Las Vegas-based entertainment industry giant is proposing an $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Impartialty Of Gaming Commissioners Questioned

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Ethics questions swirl around the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as the panel inches closer to issuing casino licenses.  The head gaming industry regulator is now a defendant in a lawsuit by a major casino company

Caesars Entertainment filed a federal court lawsuit this week accusing Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby of discrimination against the company so as to boost a rival casino development where a former business associate of the chairman stands to profit.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Process Winnows Field Of Massachusetts Casino Applicants

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino development in Springfield, MA

MGM Resorts International is looking to get a green light this week from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to file a final application to build a $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield. Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have found no reason to disqualify the Las Vegas-based company from the casino licensing process.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Investigators Find MGM "Suitable" To Bid For Massachusetts Casino License

An artist's rendering of the MGM Resort casino project proposed in downtown Springfield, MA.
Credit MGM Springfield

MGM Resorts International appears to have cleared a key hurdle in the quest to build a resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The results of a 10-month investigation by Massachusetts gaming industry regulators were released today.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development

A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed.  But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Divided Town Awaits Casino Vote Recount

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed casino in Palmer Massachusetts. Voters rejected the project on November 5th 2657-2564. A recount is expected
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The town clerk in Palmer, Massachusetts is expected to announce this week the date for a recount of the votes cast in the November 5th referendum on Mohegan Sun’s $1 billion casino proposal.  The Connecticut-based casino operator late last week filed the necessary paperwork to obtain a recount of the referendum it lost by fewer than 100 votes.

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