In March 2015, MGM Springfield broke ground on what was supposed to be an historic project for the company, the city, and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. According to WAMC Radio, the project was supposed to create 2,000 construction jobs and then offer full-time employment for hundreds after the opening of the casino in 2017.
But while the city of Springfield and MGM Springfield enjoy a harmonious relationship (as the city appreciates the respect that MGM Springfield is showing the landmarks of the city and the needs of the residents), questions have been raised that have stopped the project in its tracks. New questions from the Massachusetts Historical Commission have halted work and could cause MGM Springfield to alter its plans.
Saving Part Of History
The MGM Springfield project has gone out of its way to preserve the iconic State Armory where the casino will be built. Great pains have been taken to preserve the front façade of the State Armory and those plans had been approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and MGM Springfield. But now, the Historical Commission wants consideration to be given to the rear of the State Armory as that has historic significance for the city as well.
Preserving And Possible Renovating
The rear of the State Armory was damaged in a tornado many years ago and never properly repaired. Now the Massachusetts Historical Commission wants MGM Springfield to alter its plans to preserve the back of the armory. But most involved in the project realize that it would not just be a matter of preserving the back of the armory. There would also need to be restoration work done to make the rear of the armory safe.
Some Moving Around
To accommodate this request, MGM Springfield would have to move a skating rink and a church that are part of the $800 million project to different parts of the site. Initial talks between the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the Massachusetts Historical Commission and MGM Springfield were very productive and both sides expect to have a resolution to this issue in the next two to three weeks. MGM Springfield intends to solve the issue and still complete its project in time to open the casino in 2017.
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