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Historic Church To Be Moved To Make Way For MGM Springfield Casino

Apr 19, 2016
Originally published on April 19, 2016 11:19 am

A historic church in Springfield, Massachusetts is being moved down the street to make way for the city’s new casino. 

Workers on Tuesday will start relocating the 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church from its current location to a new spot a few blocks away. 

The High Victorian Gothic brick church, originally known as the French Protestant Church, was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It sits in what will be the middle of the MGM Springfield Casino gambling floor. 

Hunter Clayton, MGM Vice President of Development, says the casino company struck a deal with historic preservationists to save the church and several other buildings that will become part of the casino complex.

"In our opinion it is a good historic preservation story," he said in a 2015 interview.

MGM is scheduled to open the casino in September 2018.

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