Eleven applications have been filed for lucrative gaming licenses in Massachusetts. Companies that want to develop resort casinos or a slots parlor had to meet a 5PM Tuesday deadline to file paperwork and a non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby was thrilled. He said the state is primed to achieve maximum job creation and revenue from its fledgling gambling industry.
American International College Tuesday announced a $25 million dollar redevelopment of the historic Indian Motorcycle property adjacent to its campus in Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The project announced Tuesday will result in the redevelopment of 139 housing units in the former factory complex where legendary Indian Motorcycles were manufactured up until 1950. It will include building apartments in a former fire station that sits on the property in the heart of the inner city Mason Square Neighborhood.
City Councilor James Ferrera, who assured the council a place at the center of the casino debate last year by creating a casino site committee, was re-elected by his colleagues to a rare second consecutive one year term as council president. Ferrera predicted the casino issue would top the council’s agenda in 2013.
For the second time in 18 months the city of Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a major disaster in 2012. A natural gas explosion rocked downtown on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As with the June 2011 tornado, the city went through a recovery period and is now looking to rebuild. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A company that hopes to develop a casino in Springfield, Mass. says it has paid $650,000 in application fees to the city and state.
Penn National Gaming said in a statement Friday it had submitted a non-refundable, $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that was required by Jan. 15 for the company to be considered for a casino license.
The Pennsylvania-based company said it also submitted a $250,000 fee required by the city of Springfield, which is conducting its own casino review process.
Top executives from casino industry heavyweights MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming pitched their competing plans for Springfield Massachusetts last night. The forum drew hundreds of people with questions about the impact of a casino development in downtown Springfield. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Two high powered casino operators affirmed their commitments this week to pursue projects in Springfield Massachusetts. Officials in Holyoke, a late entry to the western Massachusetts casino competition, are moving to form committees to review proposals from developers. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has an update on the fast moving casino story.
The announcement by casino operator Ameristar that it is dropping out of the competition for a gambling license in Massachusetts has been greeted by disappointment in Springfield. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The announcement late Friday by Ameristar came just five weeks after the company’s CEO Gordy Kanofsky, speaking to 200 invited guests inside a large white tent on a former industrial site, boasted about the plans to build a nearly $1 billion dollar resort casino on the property.
The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless. There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.
Property tax bills for a majority of homeowners and business owners in Springfield Massachusetts are expected to be lower in 2013. But the reason won’t make most homeowners happy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.