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.
Following the rejection of a state ballot question to repeal the casino law, stakeholders — including MGM Springfield, the city’s economic development department, and Springfield residents — are looking ahead to the next phase.
Gambling supporters say a new casino in Springfield will spur economic development. Opponents say the economic promises have been oversold, and the social harms are too high. Question 3 on Tuesday’s ballot proposes to repeal the Massachusetts casino law.
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.
Springfield area business leaders are wondering if they’ll ever see the economic impact from a proposed casino project. That’s after the state’s highest court placed a question repealing Massachusetts’ casino law on the November ballot.
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.
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