Arbitration panel ruling means $4.425 million for Longmeadow

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP)– For the second time this week an arbitration panel has ruled against M-G-M Springfield.

Longmeadow town leaders have been fighting for months to get a surrounding community deal should MGM get a casino license and be allowed to build in the neighboring city of Springfield.

MGM went into arbitration with both Longmeadow and West Springfield when they couldn’t agree on surrounding community deal.

Now, an arbitration panel says that if MGM wins the license to build in Springfield,

Longmeadow will receive an upfront payment of $850,000 and 13 annual payment of $275,000, for a sum totaling $4.425 million.

MGM says their disappointed with the arbitration panel’s decision, but town officials in Longmeadow say the money the money they were asking for is needed to prepare their roads for the traffic that could come along with the resort casino MGM wants to build in Springfield.

Less than a week ago, a different arbitration panel sided with the Town of West Springfield. Their upfront payment will be $665,000 and an annual payment of $425,000.

MGM says final determination on these panel ruling will be made by the state’s Gaming Commission.

Deals with West Springfield and Longmeadow needed to be made in order for the casino licensing process to move forward.

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