BOSTON (WWLP) — The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held their 200th public meeting Thursday with an update from MGM Springfield. Casino President Mike Mathis said construction is on schedule. Workers have been laying the resort’s foundation over the last fifteen weeks, paving the way for significant construction this fall and winter.
Mathis told 22News, “If we get through this winter, this will really be the last winter that can impact us because the following winter—the last winter we’ll be doing interior work.”
In coming months, you’ll be able the see framework rising above Interstate 91.
Beginning next week, residents can expect to see huge cranes on the MGM construction site. This is a very significant milestone because it means they’re beginning vertical construction.
“Steel will be an item that you can visibly see, not only something going up, but progress every single day and that will definitely build momentum,” said Brian Packer, Vice President of construction for MGM Springfield.
Workers will bring in and assemble the gigantic cranes in phases. Mathis told 22News he still expects the $950 million resort casino to open on time—in September 2018.
MGM Springfield told the Gaming Commission that they’re beginning to focus on workforce development. The resort casino is expected to create 3,000 permanent jobs.