SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Casino developer MGM is asking the city to bring the issue of a South End casino up for a vote on July 16.
A letter from MGM addressed to both Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Council President James Ferrera was hand-delivered to City Hall on Tuesday morning; days after the City Council approved the Host Community Agreement reached between Sarno and MGM Springfield.
Under state law, the agreement must be approved by the voters of the ward in which the proposed casino would be located, but Springfield has opted to have a city-wide vote instead.
Passage of a casino referendum, of course, would not definitely mean that a Springfield casino would become a reality. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would still have to choose the proposal over other western Massachusetts casino sites, including Mohegan Sun's planned Palmer site and Hard Rock International's proposed West Springfield casino, as well as potentially other future players.
MGM proposes to build a casino along Main Street in the South End, which would include a 200,000 square foot hotel tower, a spa, retail space, restaurants, and a bowling alley; among other features.