SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- MGM Springfield will present an updated construction schedule to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday. While they would not go into detail Wednesday, they do face possible delays.
MGM Springfield is expected to open it’s $800 million resort casino in 2017. The South End casino project is supposed to take place at the same time as the extensive rebuilding of the elevated portion of Interstate 91 through Springfield. But MassDOT doesn’t expect to complete that project until 2018. South End businesses say the longer it takes, the more it hurts them.
Owner of Buckeye Bros. Smokeshop, David Glantz said, “A lot of my customers they’re coming in they’re worried about traffic congestion. Columbus Avenue, Main Street they say they’re going to have a hard time to get down here. You know I’m just worried about losing business in the construction process.”
There are seven historical buildings on MGM Springfield’s building site, many of which are to be demolished or moved. The Massachusetts Historical Commission suggests MGM pay $1.4 million into a trust fund to help preserve other historical buildings in Springfield.
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said its a long term economic investment that has the Baker Administrations support. “Whatever they need to make sure that that project moves forward I would say from our perspective that we support MGM, we support Springfield, and just you know navigating all of the infrastructure projects that are.”
The State Gaming Commission will have final say about any unresolved disputes and when the casino is expected to open.
MGM’s contract with Springfield says they would have to pay $64,000 a day for any unnecessary delay in the project.