SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction is taking shape on Main Street in Springfield’s South End, where the hotel portion of MGM Springfield’s resort casino will be located.
Walk or drive down Main Street and Springfield and you can’t help but stop and stare. Steel girders have been up for the past couple weeks at the hotel site, and now slabs for each floor of the hotel are being lifted into place by a crane. The construction work is actually spilling onto Main Street itself, and now traffic cones have been put out on the roadway and police officers are on the street to help guide motorists while this work is going on. MGM Springfield’s hotel is quickly filling the empty space on Main Street where businesses like Tony’s Famous Barber Shop once stood. Now, Tony’s owner Dino Isotti enjoys watching the construction from his new location across the street. “It’s fantastic. I think people love coming down and taking a look at our new building…I’ve been down here 35 years and we couldn’t wait for something like this to happen. And in two years, my business is going to be right across from a hotel and we’re anticipating growing,” Isotti told 22News.
The 250-room hotel will occupy a six-story building on Main Street. The original plan for the hotel included a 25-story glass tower. MGM Springfield scrapped that plan in an effort to blend the design of the resort and casino with the architecture of the city. The casino portion of the resort being located behind the hotel, facing State Street. The most noticeable construction project right now may be the hotel being built on Main Street, but if you catch a glimpse behind the fence, you’ll notice many other construction projects going on. That includes the gutting of the old Armory Building. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis told 22News that will someday become either a restaurant, bar or speakeasy. You can also see the structure for the casino itself.
“Finally we’re making some progress in the city. I think it will be good for the city as long as it doesn’t bring too much crime,” said David Anderson of Springfield. He had stopped on Main Street to watch a crane lift equipment to the top level of the future hotel.
The parking garage may look almost finished, but there’s a lot left to be built. The garage will eventually span the width of the casino along East Columbus Avenue.
For a look at the construction projects going on each week, click here.