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MGM officials were grilled Thursday in Springfield by state gambling regulators, over their proposal to eliminate a 25-story glass hotel tower from their casino plan.
Gone is the 25-story glass tower that was to house a 250-room hotel along State Street. A six-story hotel will be built instead along Main Street, with the same number of rooms.
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.
This week, MGM broke ground on its casino in Springfield. When it opens in late 2017, the western Massachusetts resort may find itself in the middle of a region stacked with casinos.
The Hampden County Sheriff’s office says its inmate treatment center will miss a March 31st eviction deadline from MGM. But the sheriff’s office says it now has a plan to temporarily relocate.
Groundbreakings tend to have executives and politicians in hard-hats using shiny new shovels scoop up a little dirt as the cameras flash. Expect something like that as MGM joins with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and state gaming commission chair Steve Crosby.
As MGM prepares to start building its casino in the South End of Springfield, it’s running up against some opposition from the city’s historical commission.
The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center is in the footprint of the company’s planned casino.
As MGM prepares to build its casino in Springfield’s South End, it’s bought up a cluster of properties, evicting businesses and organizations. Among them is the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center.
A substance abuse treatment center for inmates will remain in its rented Springfield facility past an eviction date at the end of this month, according to Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe.
MGM has placed a February 28th deadline for the center to vacate its building. The facility houses about 125 inmates who are in substance abuse treatment.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday is slated to formally award licenses to MGM for a Springfield casino and Wynn Resorts for one in Everett.
There was much interest in Springfield as the city has maintained a long-standing agreement with MGM to build a resort-casino downtown. Now the project is that much closer to reality.
Ahead of Tuesday’s vote on a ballot question that aims to repeal casinos, a look at how some in the South End view possible changes to the old neighborhood.