SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – While Connecticut continues to move closer to adding a new casino, MGM Springfield continues construction on theirs.
MGM has knocked down Union Car Sales and Precision Auto Repair, also known as Robbie’s Auto & Car Wash after completing abatement. They’re waiting for final approval from the Massachusetts Historical Commission before they can move forward with some other demolition. “MGM Springfield has evaluated the requests and recommendations of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and believe there is a way forward. We hope to be back before the Commission in the coming weeks to continue the dialogue,” said MGM Springfield Spokesman Carole Brennan.
MGM is also doing abatement at the Howard Street School, the Rectory and Armory. Their contractors are doing utility work at those locations by cutting, capping or terminating those utility lines. Other recent work includes excavation to remove an underground storage tank and site fence work.
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At the same time, the city of Springfield is doing utility work around the casino’s footprint; Main Street, Union Street, East Columbus Avenue and State Street.
One of MGM’s final obstacles was getting the Hampden County Sheriff to relocate the Western Massachusetts Alcohol Correctional Center. The 160 minimum security inmates have moved out of their Springfield building and into Ludlow, temporarily. They’re moving to Holyoke in a few weeks.