MGM Springfield project moving ahead of schedule

Casino set to open in the fall of 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The entrance to the MGM Springfield hotel is taking shape as construction of the nearly $1 billion casino complex is on schedule for completion by the fall of next year. And the improvements to the elevated section of I-91 through Springfield are set to be completed by the spring of next year.

“The best part is all the businesses around the area are getting a lot of activity from the construction workers,” Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy told 22News. “There certainly is an excitement going on in the North End and the South End of Springfield. 2017 is going to be a fun year.”

Milano’s Imported Fine Foods had temporarily suffered a business downturn during the preliminary stages of the casino construction. But owner Nick Recchia said they’ve turned the corner and customers have returned. “It’s much better now,” he explained. “The streets are open. Everybody’s open for business. There’s no more detours through the city. Things are very well now.”

Recchia added that construction workers have become his customers during their lunch breaks. The owner of Buckeye Brother’s smoke shop just down the street said he can’t wait for the casino to open, and is hoping for new customers for his business.