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MGM Unveils Plans, Renderings for Springfield Casino

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — MGM International has taken the wraps off a proposed $800 million casino and entertainment complex for Springfield’s South End.

At a presentation at the MassMutual Center Wednesday, officials with the Las Vegas-based company said that they plan to create a casino, entertainment venue, and housing on a total of 12 acres along three blocks located along Main Street between Union Street and State Street.

About 10 acres of the land, MGM officials note, were damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado.

Plans include 89,000 square feet of casino space, and a 25 story hotel with 250 rooms and a 10,000 square foot spa and pool area.

The hotel will retain the facade of the historic facade of 73 State Street.

The facility will also host banquet and meeting facilities.

Also, a massive retail and entertainment complex will be built between Union and Howard Streets, featuring shops, restaurants, a bowling alley, outdoor performance space, a 12 screen movie theater and other amenities.

MGM has also announced that they will construct about 40,000 square feet of housing, made up of one and two bedroom market-rate apartments.

A parking garage for about 3,500 cars will also be built.

In making the announcement Wednesday, MGM notes that they have submitted their $400,000 application fee to the Mass. Gaming Commission.

MGM has also created a website for the project, to allow people to stay up-to-date with the progress.

Earlier this year, MGM had reached an agreement with Rolling Hills Realty Trust to build a casino in Brimfield.

However, in March, the company abandoned the plans for the eastern Hampden county town, but remained committed to finding a site for an MGM casino in western Massachusetts.

The South End site proposed by MGM is not the only site in Springfield being sought for a casino. Ameristar Casinos has announced plans for the former Westinghouse site off Page Boulevard.

Mohegan Sun has also already expressed interest and unveiled plans for casino just off the Mass. Pike in Palmer.

Any proposed developer will be vying for the one western Mass. casino license, approved by the legislature earlier this year.

ABC40 has several crews was at today’s event and will have much more starting on ABC40 News at Noon

View from Howard Street looking north on Main Street into MGM’s vision of a vibrant dining, retail and entertainment district

 

View from Interstate 91 looking north upon MGM Springfield in downtown Springfield. The proposed multi-level parking garage can be seen in the foreground.

 

View of the large, public gathering space in the dining, retail, and entertainment district – tentatively called Armory Square – centered around the iconic facade of Springfield’s historic Armory (which was also the site of the South End Community Center)

 

Proposed trolley loop and riverwalk linking MGM Springfield, the downtown entertainment district and Springfield’s most prominent sites and cultural institutions to Union Station and the reactivated waterfront

 

Aerial view of MGM’s vision of MGM Springfield as the anchor of a revitalized downtown entertainment district with direct connetion to the MassMutual Center and easy access to Springfield’s most prominent sites and cultural institutions.

 

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