The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is due back in Springfield Wednesday for a final public hearing on MGM’s $800 million casino proposal.
Researchers say a study on the impact of casinos in Massachusetts is the first of its kind because they are collecting data now, before any casinos open in the state.
A decision is expected in May and MGM is the only remaining applicant for the casino license reserved for western Massachusetts. But the commission has the option of starting the process all over again.
The meeting will allow residents one last chance to speak their minds, but members of a prominent group opposing a Springfield casino are not going to show up.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission wanted casino applicants to make nice with their neighbors, and pay-up to offset the expected costs of a casino, like for traffic and public safety.
Penn National casino company has a month to pay the $25 million license fee. That’s quite a price tag given a proposed ballot question seeks to roll back Massachusetts’ casino law.
It was a strong day for Leominster during a hearing before casino regulators. The central Massachusetts city is among three communities vying to host a slots parlor.
There were handshakes, hugs and high fives all around as hundreds of casino supporters at Suffolk Downs heard the news: the proposed casino, which just four months ago seemed doomed, was back on track.
A proposal from Leominster received praise from the panel for its design and finances. But Commissioner James McHugh raised one red flag.
Later this week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to announce the location of a slot machine parlor. It will be the first casino license awarded by the board and a central Massachusetts city is in the running.
A Boston Business Journal reporter joined us to discuss the story.
Massachusetts gambling regulators ruled Tuesday that MGM must pay Longmeadow to offset some of the impact of a possible Springfield casino. Two other communities were not as fortunate.
The hearing is about what’s called “surrounding community status.” It means a town or city would be impacted by a Springfield casino, and the casino operator – MGM – has to pay up.
Cities and towns have until late next week to file paperwork with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission claiming they will be impacted negatively by a casino.
MGM’s plans to build a casino in Springfield took another step forward yesterday as the gaming commission gave a green light to hold an operating license Next up for MGM is to negotiate agreements