Three casinos vying for Springfield

Three casinos vying for Springfield


UNVEILED.
WELCOME TO 22NEWS AT FIVE. I’M
ELYSIA RODRIGUEZ.
SPRINGFIELD’S DEADLINE TO SUBMIT
A CASINO PROPOSAL WAS TODAY.
22NEWS REPORTER RYAN WALSH IS
LIVE OUTSIDE CITY HALL WITH
WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT.
MGM, AMERISTAR AND PENN NATIONAL
CASINOS HAVE GIVEN SPRINGFIELD
THEIR PROPOSALS AND A $50,000
APPLICATION FEE. HARD ROCK
CASINOS DID NOT. IN A STATEMENT,
HARD ROCK TOLD 22NEWS IT STILL
HAS INTEREST IN MASSACHUSETTS,
JUST NOT SPRINGFIELD.
PENN NATIONAL GAMING ANNOUNCED
IT’S PLANS FOR A MORE THAN $800
MILLION RESORT CASINO IN
SPRINGFIELD’S NORTH END. WHICH
INCLUDES THE BUILDING THE
REPUBLICAN NEWSPAPER IS IN. THIS
IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH PETER
PICKNELLY OF PETER PAN BUS
LINES. MGM HANDED IN IT’S
PROPOSAL THIS MORNING. AN $800
MILLION PROJECT IN THE CITIES
SOUTH END. AMERISTAR HANDED IN
ITS PROPOSAL YESTERDAY – MORE
THAN $900 MILLION RESORT CASINO
ON LAND IT HAS BOUGHT OFF OF
PAGE BOULEVARD IN EAST
SPRINGFIELD. THEY DO NOT HAVE A
DRAWING OF THEIR PLAN JUST YET.
ERIC SCHIPPERS FROM PENN
NATIONAL GAMING TOLD 22NEWS WHY
THEY PICKED SPRINGFIELD’S NORTH
END.
WE WANT TO CREATE A PROJECT THAT
IS GOING TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH OTHER DOWNTOWN URBAN
BUSINESSES IT WAS IMPORTANT TO
US TO FOLLOW THE URBAN RENEWAL
MODEL AS OPPOSED TO DEVELOPING
OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
SCHIPPERS IS REFERRING TO
MOHEGAN SUN’S PLANS FOR A CASINO
IN PALMER. PENN NATIONAL, MGM
AND AMERISTAR ALL HAD TO PAY
SPRINGFIELD A $50,000
APPLICATION FEE TO CONTINUE ON
IN THE PROCESS.
TROY STREMMING OF AMERISTAR
CASINOS TOLD 22NEWS THEY HAVE
NOT PAID THE STATE THE $400,000
FEE BECAUSE IF THEY DON’T
ADVANCE IN SPRINGFIELD’S
PROCESS, THAT MONEY WOULD
BASICALLY BE THROWN AWAY. MGM IS
THE ONLY CASINO DEVELOPER IN
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TO PAY THE
STATE THAT APPLICATION FEE. IN
ABOUT 10 MINUTES, SPRINGFIELD IS
HOLDING A NEWS CONFERENCE ABOUT
THESE PROPOSALS, WE’LL HEAR FROM
THEM 22NEWS AT SIX. LIVE IN

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