SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - MGM's proposed casino in Springfield's South End will include a wide variety of gambling, entertainment, and even housing options. The Mayor's Office outlined some of the "principal terms" of their agreement with MGM following Mayor Domenic Sarno's announcement on Tuesday that he had selected the South End proposal to bring forward to the City Council.
In order to be built, the Council must approve the plan, which will then be brought before the voters of Springfield as early as July. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would then have to choose the MGM proposal over other possible sites in western Massachusetts, including Mohegan Sun's proposed casino in Palmer, and Hard Rock International's proposed casino in West Springfield.
MGM's 850,000 square-foot proposed resort would include:
- An upscale 200,000 square-foot glass high-rise hotel tower, that would feature additional convention, spa, and dining space
- A 125,000 square-foot casino gaming space, with 3,000 or more slot machines, 75 or more table games, high-stakes area, security, and customer service facilities
- 48,000 square feet of dining and beverage service areas, which would be accessible from inside the casino and from the outside on State, Main, and Howard Streets
- 7,000 square feet of retail space accessible by the interior of the casino and from the outside on State and Main Streets
- Mid-rise buildings including:
- A cinema complex
- A bowling alley
- At least two "distinctly branded" restaurants or sports bars
- 20,300 square feet of "pedestrian-scale" retail space that would open onto Main and Union Streets
- A 7,000 square-foot spa and fitness facility, containing a rooftop swimming pool
- An outdoor "public plaza" that would include
- An ice skating rink
- Large video displays
- Space for concerts and exhibitions
- An 8,000 square-foot rooftop garden
- 45,000 square feet in convention, meeting, and food preparation space, which would complement existing space at the MassMutual Center
- Parking space off East Columbus Avenue for 3,600 vehicles, as well as areas for valet parking drop-off, bus drop-off, and bus parking
Additional features of the complex would include 54 market-rate apartments that would face Main Street, a child care center, and 85,000 square feet of rehabilitated office space at 101 State Street.
Existing buildings that will be incorporated into the design of the proposed casino include 1200 Main Street, 73 State Street, and the former Armory building on Howard Street.
Click here to read more of the terms of the Host Community Agreement