Laying the groundwork for MGM Springfield

22News takes a closer look at what crews are doing to lay the groundwork for the resort casino

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews are laying the groundwork for MGM Springfield‘s $950 million resort casino.

The foundation for the first floor of MGM’s planned six-story hotel along Main Street has already been poured. Crews are also working on laying the foundation for the entertainment complex and the parking garage, which will be the first building completed.

“Eight months that I’ve been here I’ve seen a lot of progress going on like since the first day. There were all these buildings here and now it’s like totally empty.”

Crews are also demolishing the inside of 95 State Street, and installing a 70,000 gallon storm water retention system.  But with that work it means there’s no on-street parking between State and Union Streets.

The owner of one local business in the South End, Buckeye Bros. Smokeshop, David Glantz said, “We’re happy down here that it’s finally you know showing some progress and you know people are going to complain about parking situations or access to the buildings or parking situations but it’s all part of doing business.”

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission recently voted to approve $50,000 in mitigation funds to the city for a temporary shuttle bus or valet parking to take people from downtown parking lots to South End businesses.  Representatives from Caring Health Center on Main Street said they have concerns about access for their patients.

The casino is expected to be completed in September of 2018.

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