MGM construction can move forward, but not all issues settled

Design changes have yet to be approved by city and state

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM is now moving closer to getting their resort casino up and running in Springfield. The casino company now has its final state license approval, which means they can move forward with construction in the city’s South End.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved the final license Thursday, after reviewing the Final Environmental Impact Report— which is required as part of this overall process. What this means is the gaming commission specifically found that all feasible measures have been taken to avoid or minimize impacts of the project and damage to the environment.

This does not mean, however, that their recently proposed design changes have been approved. In the last few months, MGM presented plans to change their design to both the city and the state, including reducing the size of their hotel down from a 25-story tower to a six-story structure (both feature the same amount of rooms).  Both entities need to approve those plans before MGM can move forward with them.

MGM representatives have said that the overall cost of the project has jumped from $800 million to $950 million.

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