MGM Springfield to present proposal to State Historical Commission

7 buildings are considered historic and need approval prior to demolition.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM is waiting for approval to knock down several buildings within its construction site.  On Tuesday, representatives for the casino are expected to present their latest proposal for a preservation agreement to the Executive Director of the State Historical Commission.

The Armory building in Springifield’s South End is at the heart of MGM’s footprint, and is one of seven historical buildings slowing demolition.

The Historical Commission wants MGM to put more than $1 million into a preservation trust and make adjustments to their current preservation agreement, including saving the rear of the Armory building.

MGM has previously agreed to save the castle-like facade of the Armory building as well as the old YWCA. They also plan to move a church in the area.

The 22News I-Team went to visit the Massachusetts Historical Commission to hear what Executive Director Brona Simon had to say about the preservation issue. See why she says the city moved too fast in transferring control of these buildings to MGM.

The issue of Last week, MGM Springfield asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a year-long extension to their opening date, hoping to coincide with the highway construction project timeline.

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