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.
Nevada based gaming company Ameristar has unveiled renderings and announced details about the resort casino it hopes to build in Springfield Massachusetts. It is one of three companies competing for casino development rights in Springfield. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Three experienced casino operators stepped forward ahead of a Thursday night deadline and will compete in Springfield for the chance to build a casino in western Massachusetts. Each is proposing a development project totaling almost $1 billion. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday set the end of February 2014 as the outside date for awarding the first casino license in the state. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
The state’s gaming industry regulators discussed a master schedule which commission chairman Stephen Crosby described as prudent.
The background checks on the casino license applicants is the most time consuming part of the schedule, pegged to take a minimum of six months. The draft master schedule calls for the investigations to begin in January.