Gaming Commission to hold final hearing in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a final public hearing on the proposed $800 million MGM casino project for Springfield late Wednesday afternoon.

The meeting will be at the MassMutual Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This is the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s last chance to hear any comments related to agreements between the towns of Longmeadow and West Springfield.

They are the last two towns that are a part of MGM’s gaming application.

No votes or decisions will be made at this hearing. This is simply for the commission to gather information and gauge the public’s sentiment relative to the agreements.  Representatives of MGM Springfield will be in attendance and representatives of Longmeadow and West Springfield can attend.

MGM had sought the ability to adjust the amounts awarded to the two surrounding communities through arbitration with the commission, but both decisions were upheld. The casino company, which hopes to build a resort in the South End of Springfield, will have to pay West Springfield $665,000 up front if they are awarded a casino license, with annual payments of $425,000, an arbitration panel ruled this week. A separate panel ruled in favor of Longmeadow, awarding that town an upfront payment of $850,000 with an annual payment of $275,000.

MGM has also signed community agreements with Holyoke, Agawam, Chicopee, Wilbraham, Ludlow and East Longmeadow.

Anyone can attend and comment at the discretion of the Commission, and only comments about the agreements with West Springfield and Longmeadow will be accepted. You can place your name on a list of speakers by emailing mgccomments@state.ma.us. or sign up today at the MassMutual Center before the meeting starts. The Commission will limit each speaker to five minutes.

The commission is expected to make its decision on whether or not to award MGM a casino license on June 13.

You can find further details and sign up by clicking here.

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