by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 19, 2015
MGM Resorts has revealed new designs for the casino resort it is building in Springfield, Mass., a plan that has evolved over the last four months.
At a presentation in Springfield on Tuesday, MGM president Bill Hornbuckle said, "We are very proud of MGM Springfield's improved design. Our commitment to the city of Springfield, the region and the commonwealth has never wavered. Today, I am hopeful that people will see it has only gotten stronger. We are as ready as we have ever been to help return downtown Springfield to its glory days."
Earlier this fall, MGM Springfield officials said they were moving the planned 250-room hotel and market-rate apartments off-site to promote ancillary development opportunities. The company plans to purchase the former Springfield School Department headquarters and redevelop it into housing.
MGM Springfield now is expected to cost more than $950 million, almost $100 million more than the original estimate.
"MGM Springfield is not only the largest development project Western Massachusetts has ever seen, it is starting to rival the investment of the most talked-about development projects in the commonwealth," said Michael Mathis, president of the casino resort.
MGM will present a comprehensive cost and design analysis to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Dec. 3, and the mayor and City Council of Springfield must approve the updated site plans before MGM can go forward with the design-approval process.