MGM: We’re ready for referendum vote

Court ruled to allow ballot question to move forward

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) – After a ruling by the state’s highest court has delayed their plans for building an $800 million resort casino in Springfield, MGM says they will take their case to the state’s voters.

The court ruled Tuesday to certify a ballot question that would repeal the state’s 2011 casino law. MGM had been hoping to start construction on their proposed South End casino as soon as this summer, but with the fate of legalized gambling uncertain, the project will either be delayed until after November’s election, or abandoned altogether if repeal passes.

In a statement sent to 22News, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said that he feels the state’s voters will agree the project is right for the state.

“MGM Resorts has spent three years collaborating and talking with the people of western Massachusetts on the value of a casino resort as a unique economic development catalyst. We are confident that our urban revitalization project in Springfield, one of the Commonwealth’s most prominent Gateway Cities, is something to which all Massachusetts voters can relate,” Mathis said.

“It is a comeback story in progress with hard-working people eager to grow jobs and get back to work. We are fully prepared to extend this message to a larger audience through a statewide campaign to educate the voters on the enormous economic benefits that would be lost to the taxpayers of the Commonwealth in a repeal.”
Election day is Tuesday, November 4.

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