Hurdles remain in WMass casino license decision

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) – Just a few more hurdles remain before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decides if MGM will be awarded a casino license.

MGM is in arbitration with both Longmeadow and West Springfield for a surrounding community agreement. MGM needs to reach deals with both towns.

On April 1st the Gaming Commission will hold a public meeting in Springfield about the project.  The Commission could award the license 30 days after that, while the State Supreme Judicial Court could just decide to let voters have the final say on casinos this November.

“I think we should move forward the way the law was intended,” said Tony Inpoco of Southwick. “I think all the voting process, everything’s been fair and above the table, and I think now they should just be allowed to continue on.”

The state’s high court is expected to make that decision in July, after at least two gaming licenses will have been handed out.

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