Casino licensing decision getting close

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)- Springfield residents had one last chance to get their opinions heard about the proposed $800 million MGM resort casino in the South End.

During a meeting Wednesday night, residents were able to tell the state’s Gaming Commission why they think a casino would or would not benefit western Massachusetts.

Following that meeting, 22News asked Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby if they have found any “red flags” on MGM while reviewing their application.

Crosby’s answer was they have found no red flags yet, but he expects to spend the next month carefully reviewing MGM’s application.

MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said in a statement sent to 22News that the he applauded the public’s involvement throughout the licensing process and called Wednesday night’s meeting an important milestone in that process.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the gambling law repeal question that could end up on this November election ballot, the Gaming Commission is expected to decide whether or not MGM Springfield will win the Western Mass. casino license by mid-June.

This coming July, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court is expected to decide whether or not a question to repeal the state’s casino law will be on the ballot in November.

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