Ameristar Meets with Springfield Residents

A town hall style meeting took place in Springfield Tuesday night where residents learned about a proposed casino and hotel in the city. Top officials from a Las Vegas-based company presented their plans for the former Westinghouse manufacturing site. It's one of four casino companies vying for an opportunity to develop in Western Massachusetts.

Four Casino Companies Vie for Western Mass.

The casino legislation in Massachusetts that now awaits the signature of Governor Deval Patrick would allow for one gambling hotel-resort complex in the Western part of the state. Developers have been scrambling to stake a claim in the area. Now the field seems to have settled, at four major players.  

Casino Developer to Purchase Property in Springfield

A national casino hotel company announced Wednesday it has entered into a legal agreement to purchase land in Springfield, under the assumption that the Massachusetts casino bill will soon be signed by the governor.

Ameristar Casinos is a publicly traded company with eight casino hotel properties in several states, including Nevada, Indiana, and Mississippi. The company has agreed to purchase a 41-acre parcel off Interstate 291 for $16 million. That vacant site is the former home of the Westinghouse Electric manufacturing company.