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Penn National Touts Ripple Effect of Springfield Casino

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Penn National Gaming says its casino proposal for downtown Springfield will have a ripple effect across the city.

Penn National is proposing an $800 million casino complex in the city’s North End.

Plans call for the taking of the Peter Pan Bus Station and The Republican newspaper building.

Eric Schippers, Penn National’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, spoke to the Springfield Rotary Club on Friday.

“One of the things we want to share with them is the fact that the $807 million project that we’re planning for where The Republican currently sits is only one piece of the important puzzle. This ripple effect will result in nearly $100 million in additional incremental economic development projects within the city of Springfield,” says Schippers.

Meanwhile, both Penn National and MGM will present their plans to the public this Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 at CityStage.