West Springfield & Longmeadow fail to reach deal with MGM

Artist's rendering of the proposed MGM Springfield casino, including the now-abandoned plan for a 25-story glass tower on State Street. The elimination of the glass tower is part of what the city council has to vote on.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It looks like no deal. MGM Springfield has not reached a surrounding communities agreement with Longmeadow or West Springfield; now the two parties will go to arbitration.

MGM needs to sign deals with West Springfield and Longmeadow before it can be awarded a casino license.

The arbitration process starts Thursday, March 20th and it should last for about a month. MGM has already reached agreements with six communities.

In a statement to 22News, MGM Springfield spokesman Carole Brennan said “We have had a series of meetings with both Longmeadow and West Springfield. With six surrounding community agreements signed we were hopeful that we could finalize the remaining two within the allotted time frame.

Despite the best efforts of all parties we have not been able to reach that point. The Mass Gaming Law is a well thought out piece of legislation that planned for such a situation. We now look forward to an arbiter’s resolution, so we can move on in the licensing process.”