WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - West Springfield voters have rejected Hard Rock’s proposal to bring a resort casino to their town.
With 100 of precincts reporting, 55% of voters said “no” to the host community agreement between Hard Rock and the town, while 45% voted in favor.
Hard Rock had proposed to build a casino off Memorial Avenue, on land owned by the Eastern States Exposition.
State law requires that any agreement between a casino developer and its host community be approved by voters, and the voters’ rejection of Hard Rock’s proposal now puts the focus solely on its competitors: MGM, which wants to build a casino in Springfield’s South End, and Mohegan Sun, which wants to build in Palmer.
Springfield voters approved a host community agreement with MGM back in July, while Palmer voters have yet to make their decision. A vote there is scheduled for November 5.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is not expected to make a final decision on which casino company will receive the region’s only license until sometime in the coming spring.