Crews prepare casino site to move a 129-year-old church

Alfred Zanetti School has already been demolished

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield plans to complete construction of their resort casino by the fall of 2018.

Construction crews have been busy digging, demolishing, and making way for the now $950 million resort casino.

The Alfred Zanetti School was the first major building to be demolished, opening up space on the site’s 14-acres. Bliss Street was closed at the start of February to also make way for the casino’s parking garage.

Now crews are prepping the site to move the 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church that will be picked up and moved from Union Street to the planned retail plaza.

The Springfield City Council has been holding meetings over the last month to discuss design changes. City Councilor Michael Fenton told 22News, “This is the most transformative project in the history of western New England. We need to make sure that we approach it in a very deliberate and thoughtful manner.”

The City Council is expected to meet on Wednesday to review public testimony on the design changes. The council will tentatively vote on MGM’s proposed changes on February 26th.

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