The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday voted to allow MGM Springfield to begin construction on its proposed $950 million casino.
The commission agreed with MGM that opening a Springfield casino during a major overhaul of I-91 is bad for business.
KG Urban Enterprises told the gaming commission on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the process because it didn’t have enough funding.
Also, MassLive is reporting that MGM has told state environmental regulators that oil byproducts, lead and arsenic turned up in soil or groundwater samples taken from the site of the future casino.
Massachusetts’ first casino is officially good to go, following a gaming commission meeting held today.
Springfield and MGM have reached a deal which would push back the opening of the downtown casino by 6 months to September 2018.. Both sides say the delay is necessary to avoid problems from the Interstate 91 viaduct construction.
The Springfield Historical Commission has approved MGM’s plans for three properties on the site of its future downtown casino. But a proposal for a fourth property was defeated Thursday Night–twice.
Following Tuesday’s defeat of a ballot initiative to overturn the state’s casino law, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday formally awarded licenses to MGM Resorts and Wynn to operate casinos in Springfield and Everett.
The $1.6 billion Everett casino plan prevailed over Mohegan Sun’s $1.3 billion proposal for a casino in Revere, next to the Suffolk Downs racetrack and on the East Boston border.
Consultants representing casino operator MGM say they plan to coordinate their construction schedule around the renovation of I-91 in downtown Springfield. They presented details to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday.
MGM officials say they have been working with local agencies on a number of issues such as utilities for the proposed casino, traffic improvement and starting the permitting process.
Casinos coming to Massachusetts are no sure thing. That’s after last month’s ruling by the state’s highest court that allows a repeal question to go before voters in November. However, the behind-the-scenes work continues to develop a workforce for a Bay state casino industry.
The much-awaited Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision concerning casinos came down Tuesday morning. The court ruled unanimously to allow a question on the November ballot, asking voters if they want to repeal the state’s casino law.
Some residents are hopeful about economic recovery; others warn against potential problems.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is due back in Springfield Wednesday for a final public hearing on MGM’s $800 million casino proposal.