Most of those speaking oppose the Springfield casino plan from MGM resorts, which is the only remaining bid for the license.
MGM’s lawyer, Seth Stratton, says the company wants money back if surrounding community dollar amounts end up being too high.
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.
A setback on Monday for the Eastern States Exposition, and a win for casino company MGM.
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.
MGM is urging the Massachusetts Gaming Commission not to delay its timeline for awarding resort casino licenses.
Voters in West Springfield soundly defeated a proposal for a casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition.
Mohegan Sun and the town of Palmer say they have a deal. They’re vying for the single casino license slated for Western Massachusetts.
Late last week in Springfield, the ballot question language for the proposed MGM Resorts casino was sent to voters, ahead of the referendum set for July 16th.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and MGM Resorts International officially signed a host community agreement for a proposed casino Wednesday.
Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts, two casino companies vying for a casino license in Springfield, met the city’s second phase application deadline Thursday.
At a public forum organized by the City of Springfield, Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts, two companies vying for the region’s single casino license, presented their proposals to city residents
Penn National Gaming Inc.