MGM casino impact on crime difficult to predict

It would be impossible to predict exactly how the MGM casino will impact crime and violence in the city.

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) – It would be impossible to predict exactly how the MGM casino will impact crime and violence in the city.

Some people say the economic boost and commercial development will actually improve an area that right now is undeveloped and filled with blight and scars from the June 1st tornado.

Others say the tourist attraction would also attract a negative crime element, everything from petty theft and drugs to illegal gambling.

22News asked Hampden County District Attorney Gulluni how he thinks the casino will impact city crime. “I can only be optimistic about the casino. We are going to be prepared for it and we will need the support of our legislature to make sure we have the resources to be prepared and deal with the unique issues that will come with a casino. There will be different demographics and a different population, but I’m optimistic that the influx of jobs, some activity and infrastructure in Springfield will do good things for the region.”

MGM’s host community agreement with the City of Springfield guaranteed the city a two million, five hundred thousand dollar direct payment for police, fire, schools and other infrastructure.

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