SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield pitched the new design for its casino to MGM Thursday, but not everyone is happy with the changes. The casino company wants to get rid of the 25-story glass tower it planned for its hotel; replacing it with a six-story hotel at the corner of Main and Howard Streets.
MGM Springfield said the main reason for the change is that its construction costs are now higher than they initially estimated three years ago, and they don’t want to go way over their $800 million budget.
The Springfield City Council has called an emergency meeting for Tuesday night at 6:00 to get a briefing from MGM about the plan.
City Council President Michael Fenton is not pleased with the change.
“The proposal to remove the 25-story tower from this development is a bad one for the city of Springfield. It represents a cost-saving measure, as MGM has said themselves, and it’s less than the bill of goods that we bargained for in our host community agreement. So I find it unacceptable, quite frankly,” Fenton said.
He told 22News that they will be voting on MGM removing jersey barriers for construction on Main and State Streets, which are impacting businesses and parking. They will also be voting on a non-binding referendum for the November 4 ballot, which would ask whether the electorate supports the proposed amendment to eliminate the tower.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has final say in signing-off on any of the changes.