Gaming Commission to evaluate MGM’s project

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be in Springfield this week to potentially make MGM the first resort style casino company in the commonwealth.

The Gaming Commission will review MGM’s project on Tuesday and Wednesday at the MassMutual Center, and could award the license on Friday.

MGM’s project is in Springfield’s South End. If approved, it may be close to six years from when Governor Deval Patrick signed a gaming bill to when a casino will open.

According to Governor Patrick, “The Gaming Commission, although slow in many people’s views, has been quite deliberate and careful; this is a big step for the Commonwealth and it should be taken with care.”

The Gaming Commission will grade MGM’s project using five key criteria; general overview, finance, economic development, building and site design and mitigation.

Another delay could happen if the State Supreme Court allows a state-wide vote on the casino law. We should know by next month if casinos can move forward immediately or if they’ll have to wait until November to see if they can build here.

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