What you need to know
- MGC awarded the resort-casino license in Region B (Western Massachusetts) to Blue Tarp reDevelopment, LLC on June 13, 2014.
- The licensing fee is $85 million and requires a capital investment, to include a hotel facility, of at least $500 million. The Commonwealth will receive 25% of gross gaming revenues.
- Major construction is underway. MGM Springfield projects an opening in 2018.
About the gaming establishment
Description from the Licensee:
MGM Springfield is designed to ignite an urban revival.
The integrated resort casino is designed to enhance the entire urban center of Springfield. The mixed-used development project calls for a 250-room hotel with world-class amenities including a spa, pool and roof deck; 125,000 square feet of gaming space with 3,000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables, a poker room and high limit VIP gambling area; about 55,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space that will accommodate 15 shops and restaurants; and a multi-level parking garage.
Plans also envision a high-energy dining, retail and entertainment district with an eight-screen cinema, bowling alley and an outdoor stage. This will be developed by Davenport Properties of Boston, MA, in partnership with MGM on land now occupied by the tornado-ravaged South End Community Center and Howard Street School.
MGM Springfield will bring 3,000 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs to Downtown Springfield. MGM has established a hiring goal of 35 percent of the workforce from the City of Springfield and 90 percent from a combination of Springfield and the region. Additionally, MGM Springfield has entered into surrounding community agreements with neighboring communities providing for tens of millions of dollars and has committed to spending approximately $50 million annually with regional vendors and suppliers.
The MGM Springfield site is located on approximately 14.5 acres of land between Union and State streets, and Columbus Avenue and Main Street.
To learn more about MGM Springfield, visit its website.
|Status||Construction. Opening expected September 2018.|
|Address||1441 Main Street, Springfield|
|Job Listings||MGM Springfield Careers|
|Vendor Opportunities||MGM Springfield Vendors|
|Diversity Plan||Construction and Operations Phases|
|Workforce Development Plan||Operations Phase|
|Retail space||27,982 square feet|
|Restaurant/food outlet space||72,750 square feet|
|Parking spaces||No more than 3,600|
|Movie theater||37,372 square feet|
|RFA-2||Application | Attachments|
About the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan
As part of the effort to ensure that Massachusetts residents benefit from the operational jobs created by casino development in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created as part of the Expanded Gaming Act requirements that casino licensees satisfy and produce for Commission approval an Affirmative Action Program for Equal Opportunity (the Affirmative Action Program). Pursuant to the Act, the Affirmative Action Program must describe how the licensee will identify and market employment opportunities to under and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth identified in c.23k 21 (22) and in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development to identify and market employment opportunities to unemployed residents of Massachusetts.
MGM presented the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan to the Commission at Public Meeting #211 on March 2, 2017 to satisfy the requirements described above regarding employment and career opportunities at the MGM Springfield. The Commission approved the Plan at its Public Meeting #217 on May 25, 2017, with the condition that MGM Springfield provide further detail regarding its strategy to meet the employment goal of hiring 35% of operational workforce from the City of Springfield as indicated in its Host Community Agreement with the City.
Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan will be a road map for maximizing the economic benefits for residents of the Commonwealth. The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the plan and its implementation.
To read the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan, click here.
On May 12, 2016, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to accept MGM Springfield’s proposed design changes. MGM Springfield presented on the proposed changes at Massachusetts Gaming Commission open public meetings held on September 24th, November 5th, and December 3rd, 2015, as well as January 21, and May 12, 2016.
Please find the design changes, and video of the open public meetings, below:
- MGM Springfield Site Plan Review Presentation 9.24.15 | VIDEO
- MGM Springfield Site Plan Review Presentation 11.5.15 | VIDEO
- MGM Springfield Design Change Presentation 12.3.15 | VIDEO
- MGM Springfield Project Design Update Presentation 1.21.16 | VIDEO
- MGM Springfield Design Change Presentation and Decision 5.12.16 | VIDEO
Further detail regarding MGM Springfield’s proposed changes is included in a Site Plan Review presented to representatives of the City of Springfield on October 10th, 2015. In addition, further detail is included MGM Springfield’s Preliminary Application and Parcel List, as well as the Notice of Project change, filed with the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs on October 15th, 2015.
Additional documents relative to MGM Springfield’s proposed design:
- MGM Springfield Site Plan Review to City of Springfield 10.10.15
- MGM Springfield Site Preliminary Application and Parcel List
- MGM Springfield Notice of Project Change 10.15.15