Hampden, Northampton, Longmeadow Push for Casino-Impact Cash

A trio of Western Massachusetts communities are hoping states regulators make them eligible for money from MGM. The company wants to open a casino in downtown Springfield. 

To offset extra traffic or public safety costs, MGM has reached deals in recent weeks with a half-dozen communities around Springfield and they’ve committed to reaching a deal with a seventh: West Springfield. 

But three others have had no such luck: Longmeadow, Hampden and Northampton filed paperwork this week with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. They’re asking regulators to force MGM to make a deal or head to arbitration.

A hearing is set for January 28th before the gaming commission, when each community would make its case for why it would be hurt by a casino, and MGM could respond.

The commission is encouraging the parties to work out a deal in the meantime, but a spokesperson for MGM says the company is going to let the “petition process run its course.”

MGM is the only remaining applicant for the casino license reserved for Western Massachusetts.