Lawmakers are concerned MGM will continue to downsize its casino

It is up to the state Gaming Commission whether to approve the proposal

BOSTON (WWLP) – Less than a month after MGM Springfield scrapped plans for a glass tower, the casino company now wants to downsize the entire project. State lawmakers are worried this will become a trend.

“Two sizeable changes within the past month or so, it obviously is somewhat of a cause for concern,” said State Senator Jim Welch (D-West Springfield).

State lawmakers are reacting to MGM Springfield’s latest change to its $800 million dollar resort casino. On Tuesday, the casino company filed a plan to scale back on the project – cutting into space for retail stores, parking and entertainment. A handful of state lawmakers are concerned the company will continue to scale back the project little by little.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) said, “After entities gain a license, they start making lots of changes in their plan and scaling back.”

Lawmakers admitted that they first heard about MGMs plan to downsize from 22News when we approached them about it. Holyoke Democrat Aaron Vega hesitated when we asked whether he believes this casino will live up to expectations.

“I’m hopeful – I’m hopeful that the original plan to benefit the community of Springfield and the surrounding communities will come to fruition,” he said.

It’s now up to the state Gaming Commission whether to approve the proposal.

Click here to read the complete Notice of Project Change paperwork for the MGM project.

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