MGM wants to shrink by 14 percent its proposed resort casino development in Springfield, Massachusetts. The proposal surprised and angered the city’s mayor, who has been one of the project’s biggest boosters.
Springfield, Massachusetts city officials were blindsided by the proposed downsizing of the MGM casino project.
Springfield city officials Tuesday said they are concerned about the potential impact on revenue and jobs from the 14 percent reduction in the scope of the casino project. Most of the downsizing is planned on the retail and entertainment side, not the gambling floor.
Mayor Domenic Sarno vowed to hold MGM to its promises to deliver thousands of jobs and $25 million annually to the city.
More technology is being put into fighting crime in Springfield, Massachusetts. The city’s police department will become the first in the Northeast to use a system that developers say allows for true real-time crime analysis.
A top official with MGM Resorts International Monday pledged the company’s strong commitment to building a casino in Springfield. MGM upped the ante by announcing plans to take a former school department building off the city’s hands and redevelop it.
A top executive with MGM Resorts International will be in Springfield next week to publically assure the company’s commitment to build a casino in the city.
A private meeting between MGM President Bill Hornbuckle and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, with a press conference to follow, was arranged after MGM disclosed plans to eliminate a 25-story hotel tower from its planned casino and substitute a more modest hotel design.
“Skyrocketing” construction costs were blamed for the change.
There will be no voter referendum on the controversial changes proposed in the design of the MGM Springfield casino.
Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton, who had hoped to put a non-binding question on the municipal election ballot to gauge public opinion on MGM’s plan to eliminate the high-rise hotel from the casino project, withdrew his resolution.
" We ran out of time," said Fenton. " I think it is unfortunate because I believe it deserved further review and consideration."
A Chinese company will receive a sizable tax break for building a $95 million subway car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts and creating at least 150 permanent jobs. The Springfield City Council unanimously approved the deal after the company pledged its “best efforts” to fill most of the jobs locally.
A last- ditch court fight will be waged by opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in western Massachusetts.
The Springfield City Council, with the bare minimum of seven councilors present to be able to conduct business, voted unanimously at a special meeting Friday morning to appeal to the state’s highest court the decisions of lower courts that directed the city to issue a building permit to Palmer Renewable Energy.
Voters in Springfield may get a chance to weigh- in on the controversial changes proposed for MGM’s resort casino project.
Springfield City Councilors at a special meeting Tuesday will consider adding a non-binding referendum to the Nov. 3 election ballot.
The question proposed by council president Mike Fenton asks if voters support changing the development agreement between MGM and the city to eliminate a high-rise glass façade hotel from the casino project.
Officials from MGM Resorts Thursday sought to persuade at times skeptical Massachusetts casino industry regulators that proposed design changes to the company’s Springfield casino project would be an improvement and not a downsizing.
The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a special meeting to vote on a sizable tax break for a subway car manufacturer after a vote at a regular meeting was unexpectedly delayed.
The Springfield City Council will meet Tuesday to vote on a tax incentive agreement with CRRC USA Rail Corp, which is planning to build a $95 million factory in east Springfield to build subway cars. The agreement, if approved, would save the Chinese company $10 million over a 10-year period in exchange for a promise to create at least 150 jobs.
Massachusetts later this month will join with a majority of the other states and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. New statewide regulations will fill a void that led to a patchwork of local rules about the product that is growing in popularity while the health risks are unknown.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced funding awards for rental housing development across the state and highlighted a pilot program to open new preschool classrooms. He did both during a visit to Holyoke.
Baker announced funding to build or preserve almost 1,500 apartments at 23 projects in 15 communities across the state. He made the announcement at one of the sites chosen—Lyman Terrace, a 76-year-old, 167-unit public housing complex in downtown Holyoke, where tenants fought a plan a few years ago to demolish their homes.
Close to $10 million in local, state, and federal money has been spent in the last couple of years to construct or renovate parks of all shapes and sizes in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. The projects have opened up new recreational opportunities, eliminated blight, and brought parks closer to the people.
Children this summer had a chance to cool off and play on a splash pad in one of Springfield’s newest parks.
Massachusetts is joining a national movement to reexamine get-tough-on-crime policies.
Massachusetts state leaders earlier this month committed to a comprehensive review of the state’s criminal justice policies with a goal to reduce the cost of incarceration and improve public safety by reducing recidivism.
The first casino in Massachusetts netted $18 million in its first full month in business.
People gambled $181 million at the Plainridge Park Casino in July, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The casino kept $18 million. Over a full year it works out to $217 million in gross gaming revenue, which would be more than the state’s full-year projection of $200 million.
Casino industry expert Clyde Barrow said Plainridge Park had a spectacular opening.
A western Massachusetts-based order of Catholic sisters, consisting mostly of retired teachers, has apparently been saved from financial ruin.
Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski Monday announced a $1 million donation from the diocese to the Sisters of St. Joseph, a 130- year old religious order, whose members taught generations of students in parochial schools throughout western Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.
"Now, it is our turn to repay the tremendous debt we owe these sisters for all they have dne for us," said Rozanski.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved a delay in the opening of the MGM Springfield casino because of a highway reconstruction project.
The commission voted 5-0 Thursday to set a September 2018 opening date for the $800 million resort casino — a year later than originally planned.
Although MassDOT says the reconstruction of I-91, which is right next to the casino site, could be done as soon as December 2017, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis argued it was prudent to plan for a later finish.
New data shows the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts is worse than public health officials feared.
The number of opioid deaths in 2014 totaled 1,256 according to revised numbers released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Initial estimates had 1,008 people dying of drug overdoses last year.
And, the epidemic shows no signs of lettering up. An estimated 312 people are thought to have died of an overdose in the first three months of this year.
The funeral for the Springfield, Massachusetts native, who was among the Marines killed last week by a gunman in Tennessee, will be private.
A spokesman for the family of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan said Monday’s funeral will be for family, friends and invited dignitaries only.
Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be the main celebrant and homilist for the service at Holy Cross Church in the East Forest Park neighborhood where Sullivan grew up. Burial will be at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.