How much money are surrounding communities receiving from MGM?

Breaking down what they've been paid already, and what they will receive

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM will be paying millions of dollars annually to the city of Springfield, where it is building an $800 million resort casino. It will also be making payments to the cities and towns that surround Springfield. 22News is working for you with a look at how much MGM will be paying these surrounding communities for the casino’s first 15 years:

  • Agawam– $100,000 per year, plus $750,000 over 13 years to cover studies
  • Chicopee– $100,000 per year, plus $750,000 over 13 years to cover studies
  • Holyoke– $85,000 per year
  • East Longmeadow – $75,000 per year, plus $375,000 over 9 years to cover studies
  • Longmeadow – $275,000 per year
  • Ludlow – $75,000 per year, plus $375,000, plus $375,000 over 9 years to cover studies
  • West Springfield – $375,000 per year, plus $750,000 over 13 years to cover studies
  • Wilbraham – $75,000 per year, plus $375,000, plus $375,000 over 9 years to cover studies

Click here to for links to the complete surrounding community agreements for each city and town.

In addition to the annual payments and the allowances for future impact studies, MGM also has made upfront payments to the surrounding communities:

  • Agawam: $125,000 – Money split between reimbursing legal fees incurred to study the possible impact of a casino ($50,000), with the rest considered a community grant ($75,000).
  • Chicopee: $125,000 plus an additional $50,000 if they proved legal fees exceeded that amount.
  • East Longmeadow: $50,000 to cover legal fees in a casino impact study
  • Holyoke: $50,000 to cover legal fees in a casino impact study
  • Longmeadow: $850,000 – Will be put toward traffic improvements
  • Ludlow: $50,000 to cover legal fees in a casino impact study
  • West Springfield: $665,000 – For reconstruction of Memorial Avenue
  • Wilbraham: $50,000 to cover legal fees in a casino impact study


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