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Proposed Casino Developers Move on to Second Phase of Process

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield officials have announced that all three companies vying for a casino in the city have qualified for the next phase of the selection process.

Friday afternoon, Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy and City Solicitor Ed Pikula said that Ameristar Casinos, MGM Resorts International, and Penn National Gaming passed a city review of their applications in Phase I of the selection process and will move on to Phase II.

Phase I was designed by the city to have companies make an official commitment of their interest to build in Springfield.

Now, as part of Phase II, each firm, if they haven’t already done so, will now be required to pay their $400,000 non-refundable application fee to the state to continue in the process.

So far, MGM has been the only company to file that $400,000 application fee.

More information on the Phase II process is set to be announced sometime next week.

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