SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield is on schedule to complete it’s $950 million resort casino by September of 2018.
Springfield’s Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy took a tour of the site Monday morning and told 22News everything is going well and people will potentially start seeing new structures sometime in the fall.
Right now construction crews are working to clear the way and prepare for MGM Springfield’s resort casino. The casino will sit on a 14.5 acre plot of land in the city’s South End.
MGM is saving the facade of several historical buildings to blend into the city’s South End, including the old Electric Light Company Building on State Street. Other work has included relocating the First Spiritualist Church to Union Street. And the beginning stages have started for a seven level parking garage at Union Street and East Columbus Avenue.
The MGM project was promised to create about 2,000 construction jobs and once completed hire at least 3,000 workers.
Johnetta Dyer, of Springfield told 22News, “It’s been hectic, it’s been hectic a lot of streets cut off so you have to find different routes to go and stuff like that so it gets aggravating.”
Despite the detours and closures surrounding the area, most are excited to see what the development brings to the city.
John Magario, of Springfield said, “This will be a boom for the city. Whether or not you agree with gambling. It’s not just gambling. It’s a nightlife, it’s restaurants, it’s entertainment and whatever else they decide to bring.”
“So far they seem to be doing a good job. It’s fun to see stuff get teared down so…” Raiyanne Shepher, of Springfield said.