MGM Files Final Springfield Casino Plan | Connecticut Public Radio

MGM Files Final Springfield Casino Plan

Nov 24, 2015
Originally published on November 23, 2015 4:42 pm

Final plans have been filed for the MGM Springfield casino project.

The filing of the final complete site plan for the project, announced by city officials Monday, triggers a 30-day review and the requirement the City Council hold a public hearing within 45-days.

At a public presentation on the casino project in Springfield last week, the city’s deputy director of  planning, Phil Dromey said his department is anxious to complete the regulatory reviews.

" It is time really to get to the nuts and bolts of this," he said.

The project, which MGM says is now budgeted at $950 million, has undergone several recent controversial design changes.  MGM wants to scrap a 25-story hotel tower in favor of a six-story building, and scale back other parts of the casino complex by roughly 10 percent.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded MGM a license for the Springfield project in June 2014.  A ceremonial groundbreaking took place in March.

Very little construction work has happened on the 14-acre downtown site.

The gaming commission in July approved MGM's request to delay the scheduled opening of the casino by one year until Sept. 2018 because of the reconstruction of Interstate 91.

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