SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For a long time, the MGM casino site in Springfield’s South End looked pretty much the same. While utility, drainage, and other preparation work was going on, it didn’t look like there was a lot of activity there, at least from a distance. That has all changed in just a short amount of time.
It has only been a couple weeks since massive cranes went up at the construction site, and piece by piece, MGM’s parking garage has been going up. That is not the only major sign of progress, though, steel beams are now up at the site of what will be the casino itself. The foundation has also been poured at the Main Street building that will become the resort’s hotel.
Residents are starting to notice some progress. Chicopee resident Austin Kenefick told 22News he’s not suprised with how quickly these structures are going up. “Steel goes up quite fast,” he said. “You fasten the girders in one after another, and there it is.”
Since the arrival of the cranes a couple weeks back, crews have also worked fast on the parking garage.
The $950 million resort casino is expected to open in September 2018.