Gaming Commission in Springfield, discussing MGM changes

MGM Springfield is trying not to go over budget

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM wants to get rid of its 25 story glass hotel and replace it with a 6 story hotel along Main Street.

At Thursday’s Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting in Springfield, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said that the main reason for their new design was higher construction costs than they anticipated.

They want to spend around $800 million, but not go way over budget. The Gaming Commission would have to sign off on any of these changes.

According to Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby, “A tower is cool but so is street activity, it’s just a trade off, and if they can maintain the same fundamental features, fundamental elements of the project, at a price they can handle and the city can deal with then we’re going to be fine with that.”

Chairman Crosby said it could be a month or more before they take any vote on these changes. The Springfield City Council also has to approve these changes first.

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