MGM Resorts International received a unanimous vote Monday from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) finding the company a suitable candidate for a casino license in the commonwealth. The decision moves MGM Springfield another step closer to being awarded the sole license to operate a destination resort casino in Western Massachusetts.
next step in the licensing process for MGM is the submission of its
full license application, which is due to the MGC by Dec. 31.
Following that submission, MGM will be required to present its
proposal in a public hearing before the MGC. That presentation will
be followed by two community public hearings, one in Springfield and
one in an abutting community. Details of those meetings, including
dates and locations, are expected to be set soon for January and
nearly two years, MGM officials have been working with Springfield's
community and business leaders, stakeholders and residents to gain
understanding and support for MGM Springfield.
Springfield, an approximately $800 million resort, is proposed for
14.5 acres of land between Union and State streets, and Columbus
Avenue and Main Street.
MGC anticipates that the resort-casino licenses for Eastern
Massachusetts (Region A) and Western Massachusetts (Region B) will be
awarded in spring 2014.
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