SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP-AP) - Casino giant MGM Resorts International is set to unveil plans for a resort casino in Springfield.
The Las Vegas-based company has scheduled a formal announcement for Wednesday at the MassMutual Convention Center. No specific details were provided in advance, but MGM said it would release architectural renderings of a "major entertainment complex," and provide a tour of the proposed site.
City Council President James Ferrara said that the proposed location would be on Main Street in the South End, between Union and State Streets.
The company has been seeking a new site in western Massachusetts since abandoning plans earlier in the year to develop a casino in the eastern Hampden County town of Brimfield.
MGM is not the only company with an interest in developing a casino in Springfield. Ameristar Casinos has proposed a resort in East Springfield, off Page Boulevard on the former Westinghouse Property. Penn National and Hard Rock International have also expressed interest in building a casino in western Massachusetts. One of the possible alternative sites in Springfield would be in the North End near The Republican newspaper property.
Other developers have set their sights on locations outside of Springfield. Mohegan Sun already has plans to develop a casino site off the Massachusetts Turnpike in the town of Palmer, and there has been a proposal for a casino in Westfield, as well.
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