A hotel at 73 State Street, restaurants and shops, and an outdoor stage.
MGM Springfield has promised to transform a section of Main Street from State Street to Union Streets into an $800 million resort casino. A once in a lifetime opportunity and not a threat, according to some residents.
For local business owners, having a casino in downtown Springfield means more attractions that will draw people to this region. That means more people walking around Main Street.
Red Rose Pizzeria owner Antonio Caputo told 22News, "It has the shopping. They are talking about bowling, ice skating, arts. That draws people. The more people you get downtown, we are going to get a percentage of them."
Many people told 22News they are also looking at possible job opportunities. MGM said their casino will create 3,000 permanent jobs.
Victor Figueroa of Springfield said, "I've been working in the food industry for a very long time. They are saying they are thinking about opening a lot of restaurants, so I'm opening them to open up. MGM has a great casino in Detroit, Michigan, too, so it's awesome."
Dina Gifford of Springfield told 22News, "I think the development of Springfield along the river is long overdue, and I couldn't be more excited about ultimately seeing that happen here. I think we deserve this."
MGM will sign the host agreement Wednesday morning. Wednesday night at 7 o'clock, Springfield's casino consultant Sid Froelich will meet with City Councilors, Casino Site Committee members and City Solicitor Ed Pikula.
22News will bring you the latest developments from those events both on air and on our website.