Both Penn National Gaming and MGM have presented plans for a potential casino in the city.
In a press release sent to ABC40 today Mayor Domenic Sarno says he will announce details of a Casino Community Host Agreement(s) today.
The city of Springfield has been working on this with both MGM and Penn National Gaming for some time now.
MGM wants to build an $800 million casino in the city’s South End. Penn National Gaming has countered with an $800 million casino proposal in the city’s North End.
Recently we spoke with Springfield’s Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy about the host agreement situation and he told us all indications point to Mayor Sarno selecting “one” of the two proposals that will be before him.
“That will be for the mayor to decide, when he makes that announcement, my position is clear, each one of the company’s position has been clear that ‘one’ is the way to go , the city council site committee said the same thing but again that’s the mayor’s decision,” says Kennedy.
Once the mayor selects a community host agreement, the city council will have to approve it. Once that occurs an election date will be set up for residents to decide yes or no.
Mayor Sarno is expected to make his announcement Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Springfield City Hall located on Court Street.