Agreement between MGM and Springfield Historical Commission approved

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has now approved a new opening date for MGM Springfield.

MGM Springfield that was originally set to open in 2017. Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave the okay to allow MGM to open 9 months later, in Sept. 2018.

At the meeting MGM argued it was best to push the opening date back until after the I-91 re-construction project was finished.

During the same meeting, the Gaming Commission approved an agreement between MGM and the Springfield Historical Commission.

There are several buildings within MGM’s construction site that are labeled historic and this new agreement includes the final decision on how each one will be preserved.

Here’s what will happen with the following buildings:
• The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company building, State St.: retain as offices

• The United Electric Company building, State St.: retain the north facade along with several architectural elements.

• The State Armory building, Howard St.: retain front portion of the building, remove remaining section.

• The Union House/Chandler Hotel building, Main St.: retain portion of façade, restore ground floor storefronts.

• The French Congregational Church, Bliss Street: relocate and renovate.

• YWCA building: salvage select elements and reinstall on a new building front.

That agreement also has MGM paying a one-time $350,000 contribution to the Springfield Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

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