MGM Springfield design plan presentations continue

Springfield City Council could vote on design changes as early as next week

Rendering of the parking garage and marquee of the MGM Springfield casino, as seen from Interstate 91.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Springfield City Council is now deciding whether or not to approve MGM Springfield’s design plan changes.

MGM presented the plans to a crowded city council chambers Tuesday night. The plans are changes to the original design, most notably the 25 story glass tower removed in exchange for a 6 story mid-rise hotel that would stretch along a portion of Main Street.

Other changes include moving residential space off-site and an overall reduction to the size of the resort casino. In Tuesday’s presentation, MGM also revealed a new marquee sign that would be visible from I-91.

MGM will continue their presentation Wednesday and meet with the city council again next Monday and Tuesday.

MGM Springfield’s President Michael Mathis told 22NEws this week’s presentations are a big part of this process.

“We’ve done presentations for the Mayor, we’ve done presentations for the gaming commission, this is really an opportunity to update the city council. I think many of them have seen this material before but there are some new elements, we are going to show our sign for example,” Mathis told 22News.

Springfield City Council president Mike Fenton told 22News a vote on these changes could happen as early as next week.

MGM also presented these plan changes to the state’s gaming commission who also needs to approve the plans before MGM can move forward.

Right now, the project is in demolition stages. The first building coming down is the former Zanetti Elementary School.

That demolition was approved by Springfield City Council so work could continue while they decide on whether they will approve the design plan changes MGM is proposing.

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