Gaming Commission to hold MGM license hearings in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – First on, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a series of reviews on MGM’s casino application in Springfield, which could ultimately lead to MGM being awarded a gaming license in Springfield on or around June 13th.

The evaluation process will be broken up into five categories; overview of project, finance, economic development, building and site design, and mitigation.  After completing that process over several days, the commission will likely vote to either award MGM a gaming license in Springfield, vote to deny their application or vote to designate MGM the license winner, but not yet award the license.

The hold up is there is a repeal the casino law effort that is currently in the hands of the Supreme Judicial Court justices.  A decision will likely be made by early July if a state-wide vote on the Massachusetts casino law will or will not be held this November.  If the SJC determines a vote is not necessary, then MGM will likely be able to begin construction in Springfield’s South End.

MGM will owe the state an $85 million license fee within 30 days of being awarded the license.

It’s unclear where in Springfield the public hearings will be held, but they could begin on June 10th.

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