MGM to hold public hearing in Springfield

Public hearing will be held at the MassMutual center at 2:30 P.M. Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Springfield residents will be able to talk directly to MGM Springfield executives in a public hearing Thursday.

MGM is looking to change their original design to the resort casino they are building here in the city’s south end.

MGM Springfield is scheduled to present their latest design to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday morning in Springfield. After that they will hold a public hearing to get residents’ opinion.

The public hearing will be held at the MassMutual center at 2:30 P.M. Thursday.

MGM presented their updated design plans to the City of Springfield mid-November.

So far, MGM has announce they intend to remove the 25-story glass tower from the design and reduce the overall size of the resort casino by about 14 percent. They also announced the overall cost of the project has gone up from $800 million to $950 million.

Other changes MGM Springfield has made public include reducing the size of the loading dock and employee kitchen and the size of the bowling alley from 15 lanes to 10.

One longtime Springfield resident told 22News he is looking forward to Thursday’s public hearing so MGM can get a better idea what the residents want.

“It’s great that they are giving the opportunity to the community to give their opinion and they can feel more comfortable with relations with MGM,” Hector Diaz, from Springfield, said.

In order for MGM to move forward with their design changes they must first get approval from both the city and the state’s gaming commission.

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