A Boston based-developer is planning to construct a building for several retail businesses near MGM Springfield.
Davenport Properties said the MGM Springfield casino is the only reason why they’re investing in downtown Springfield.
Downtown Springfield was changed forever when MGM Springfield opened this fall.
Now, the South End will be home to a new 11,000 square foot multi-tenant retail building along Main St., between Union St. and Hubbard Ave.
“The more business down here the better for the South End community and Springfield itself,” said David Mech, owner of Canna World Cannamundo. “It’s great seeing Springfield coming alive again for years you didn’t see people walking up and down Main Street and now it’s pretty amazing.”
“I don’t know how the pricing will be, Springfield needed that bump up, it was way overdue,” said Ardelle Hamilton-Edman of Springfield. “I’m excited for all of it.”
The proposed Davenport Square retail building would be just a short walk away from MGM Springfield. Davenport hopes its close proximity to MGM would help increase its success.
“The entire reason we invested there was the MGM casino,” said Chuck Irvin, president of Davenport Properties. “The entire reason why we have numerous tenants calling us up now and saying we want to be part of the project is because of MGM, without MGM there would have been no opportunity.”
Irving expects the Davenport Square retail building to be operational by the end of next year.
President & COO of MGM Springfield Michael Mathis said they’re looking forward to it.
“MGM Springfield is committed to the rebirth of a great downtown. We have always felt that our contributions should extend beyond the footprint of our property. Davenport has been a great partner, and we look forward to seeing what they have planned for Springfield in the future.”
Irving also said they will begin converting the old Willys-Overland Building at 151 Chestnut Street into 60 apartments next summer and expects them to be ready by 2020.