by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 05, 2014
Massachusetts voters rejected efforts to repeal the state's 2011 Expanded Gaming Act on Tuesday by about 60 percent to 40 percent, allowing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to complete the awarding of two casino resort licenses for the eastern and western parts of the state. The commission awarded its first of three resort licenses, for the state's western region, in June to an $800 million Springfield project led by MGM; the license became valid today, following the vote. The proposed property would include a 250-room hotel, 45,000 square feet of meeting space and a 125,000-square-foot casino on 14.5 acres in the city. Wynn MA LLC won the right in October to bring a casino resort to Eastern Massachusetts. The proposed $1.6 billion Wynn property, to be built in Everett, just north of Boston, would include a 500-room luxury hotel and a spa.