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Springfield’s History to be Preserved on Casino Site

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)–Springfield’s Historical Commission continues to work with MGM to preserve some of the city’s history while plans for developing an $800 million casino continue.

MGM and the commission have come to agreement on not only preserving the façade of the building at 73 State Street, but also preserving its marble adorned lobby.

Also, the façade of the property from 85 to 95 State Street will also be preserved when the casino developer begins to demolish buildings in the South End to construct its $800 million casino.

Mayor Domenic Sarno says there’s a fine line between preserving the past and developing for the future.

“I thought this was a good compromise and MGM is willing to work with local, state, and federal historic entities, but I have to be careful with that balancing act of being able to preserve history, but also being able to move the city forward with major economic development projects that bring revenue to the city,” says Sarno.

MGM is planning to build the casino on about 15 acres of land along Main street between Union and State streets.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s final public presentation pertaining to MGM begins this Tuesday at the MassMutual Center.

And on Friday, June 13th, the commission will return to Springfield at which time it will vote on whether MGM will be granted the casino license for Springfield.


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