Arbitrators have been chosen to decide how much two Massachusetts communities will be paid by MGM to mitigate the impacts of the proposed casino in downtown Springfield.
MGM negotiated annual payments to six communities that surround Springfield, but was unable to come to agreements with Longmeadow and West Springfield by a deadline set last month by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Both communities want compensation for the impact the casino is expected to have on traffic, public safety and other municipal services. West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan said he’s comfortable with the arbitration process.
" We not out to hit the lottery, we are just looking to mitigate some of the impacts the casino will have on West Springfield."
Arbitration rulings on the surrounding community agreements is one of the final steps before the gaming commission issues the lone casino license for western Massachusetts. MGM Springfield is the only applicant.