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MGM Springfield Changes Approved By Casino Regulators

Thursday Hearing Gives MGM Green Light For Project

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Gaming regulators in the Bay State have signed off on changes to MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield.

According to Masslive.com, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to the re-design, which included scaling back the scope of the project in some aspects. There were concerns that MGM wasn’t going to make good on its original investment plans, but the casino operator was able to explain to regulators that just because the hotel tower is going from 26 stories to six it didn’t mean that the casino was going to be anything less than a world-class gambling facility.

There will still be the same number of rooms.

Despite the re-design, the cost of the project has gone up from the original $800 million. MGM added that changes to the plan will help preserve the historic character of Springfield.

The effort to keep Springfield history intact included moving a 128-year-old church that was sitting where the casino’s gaming floor will be located.

The Springfield City Council gave the OK to the changes by a 12-1 vote in February.

MGM Springfield is expected to open in fall 2018.