SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One of the tidbits that came out of Thursday’s Gaming Commission meeting in Springfield was that 31 Elm Street, also known as the old Court Square Hotel, could be in line to become MGM’s remaining market-rate apartments. Springfield’s Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy mentioned the site to the Commission during the meeting and said negotiations are ongoing.
In October 2015, MGM announced that 35 of their required 54 market-rate apartments will be housed at 195 State Street, the old School Department building.
MGM Springfield also unveiled its quarterly report to the state Gaming Commission on Thursday at a meeting in Springfield. MGM Springfield told the gaming commission it’s about 1/3 of the way done building up and they’ve cleaned out the old Armory.
MGM has spent $298 Million on it’s project so far. $102 million of that counts towards the $500 Million minimum they have to spend on construction and other eligible costs. MGM then released its quarterly report to the gaming commission. They’re ahead on hiring goals for women, minority and veteran owned companies.
In November, a state audit revealed that the slots parlor in Plainville, run by Penn National, has not hit its local hiring goals and the gaming commission did not keep track of it after Plainridge Park Casino opened.
MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said they still plan to hire 90% of its actual workforce from Springfield and surrounding communities. “We feel very confident that we’re going to hit our goals, it’s going to take a lot of work and effort, but that’s why we describe them as best efforts and target,” said Mathis.
Earlier on Thursday, the gaming commission got a look at MGM’s casino site in Springfield South End, a $950 Million project.
“We’ve been looking at artists renderings for I would say three maybe four years now and to see this actually take shape in real bricks, real cement, real steel and to be able to get a flavor of a physical flavor what this is going to be like, it’s extraordinary,” said Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby.
Another interesting piece of information that came out of the meeting was from Paul PIcknelly, who is a co-owner of the Springfield Thunderbirds and investor in MGM Springfield. Picknelly told the Commission that MGM played a key role in securing the Florida Panthers affiliation with the Thunderbirds. MGM CEO Jim Murren, MGM President Bill Hornbuckle and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis helped sell the city to the Panthers management.