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Hard Rock Casino Voted Down

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)— West Springfield voters went to the polls all day today to tell the city and Hard Rock whether or not they want a $800 million casino built in their town.

And according to the town clerk’s office, official numbers show that residents voted against the casino host agreement.

Polling hours started at 7 a.m. and went until 8 p.m. at 4 polling locations for a total of 8 precincts.

West Springfield Casino Referendum Vote

Yes –  3,413 – 45%
No –    4,165 – 55%


Jim Allen from Hard Rock International says that the project is valued between $700-800 million. It would include an approximately 400 room hotel, 200,000 square foot gaming floor with 2,500 to 3,000 slot machines and over 100 table games, and 25,000 square foot convention center would be built on the site of the Eastern States Exposition.

The project is expected to create about 3,500 full-time jobs and more than 2,000 construction jobs according to Jill Chandler, spokesperson for Hard Rock.  The casino company is also looking to hire local residents first.

There would be an indoor live concert venue, and the current outside concert area at the Big E would be renovated and updated as part of the project.

Parking would be addressed through a multi-story parking facility.

Some of the highlights of monetary benefits for West Springfield include the following:

-more than $26 million in annual payments to the greater community, including the region
-$40 million in upfront investments in traffic, police, and fire
-major job creation and a commitment to hiring local people in West Springfield first, then surrounding applicants from surrounding towns
-payments to six surrounding communities on a rotating year to year basis

  • kareyv

    What is wrong with people? The Roads on Memorial Dr are horrible, Riverdale Rd the grass is up to your rear end in the middle of the road, those roads suck, people are saying vote no and the roads are falling apart the town looks like a sewer pit! Here is millions would help everything, wow you people are unreal!

  • LudlowResident

    Kudos, West Springfield, for not falling for the casinos promises of free money!! Sadly, if Palmer follows their lead and votes no, will Springfield automatically be stuck with a money sucker?

  • weasel

    There are intelligent people in the area. Yea sure they give you some millions in the first couple of years and then the issues associated with gambling, traffic, infrastructure, etc. result in enormous additional cost to the community. Yep all while the Politicians and the Casino owners bask in your losses.

  • commonsense

    Kareyv- you obviously live in a bubble of short term gain. Long term is the issue. Money doesn’t always make things better. It good to know you can be bought, but I sure as heck voted no. I would rather not having perfect roads too, it make idiots slow the he** down!

  • commonsense

    Have* not having. Better fix that before I get torn apart.