SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Driving through downtown Springfield, it might seem hard to believe that in just over two years, mounds of dirt and construction equipment will be a state-of-the-art casino, unique to Springfield’s city design.
Most of the construction work is hidden behind tall fences that line the property, especially on the heavily traveled State and Main Streets. One of the most visible signs of progress on Main and Union Streets this week: excavation for the 70,000 gallon storm water retention system.
On State Street, crews are demolishing the inside of the sixth floor of 95 State Street. This week, no utility work related to the casino is being done, but crews are laying the foundation for the entertainment complex and the parking garage. The garage will be the first building to be complete.
One Springfield resident, Theresa Williams, said she doesn’t like that the construction means fewer parking spots downtown, but it’s all worth it in the end. “To have one right here, there’s so many people in Springfield that are gamblers that go to the casino that Connecticut is going to lose all of them,” Williams told 22News.
MGM Springfield Spokesman Mike Mathis said a relatively mild winter allowed construction crews to stay on schedule for the $950 million casino’s grand opening expected in the fall of 2018.