SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A potential $1 Billion decision is looming in Springfield. 22News details when a casino decision could happen.
In Springfield's case we are now down to just weeks.
Springfield's casino consultant, its development officer, both casino developers, MGM and Penn National Gaming and now the cities casino site committee have all recommended putting just one casino plan up for a city-wide vote. It's almost unanimous in the city at this point for various reasons.
In Springfield's South End on Wednesday, Jackie Robinson told 22News she agrees, "This might sound really crazy, but it might be easier to cleanup one mess than two."
The decision between MGM or Penn National for a city wide vote to be held on the day of the U.S. Senate Special Election needs to come soon.
(How important is it to hold a referendum financially or just to have the people out there on the day of the special election?)
"I think that people, we have been talking about a casino for the better part of 15 months it's about time to bring it to a conclusion", says Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy.
Kennedy told 22News the city is negotiating with both companies and hopes to have an agreement completed in the next three or four weeks.
"After that the mayor will have to make his decision and we'll be announcing that. The end is imminent in terms of who we want to go forward with then we have to see what the people of Springfield think. They could turn it down", says Kennedy.
When I asked Kennedy if one operator or another that is starting to distance itself as far as negotiations go? He wouldn't give us a hint. The City Council would need to approve any ballot question prior by April 24th to hold a referendum on June 25th, the day of the special election.