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Hard Rock International partner reveals few details on casino plans

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Officials from Hard Rock International including administrators, architects and developers all met in the area on Friday to make some decisions about how they are going to proceed with their casino bid in the city of Springfield.

The company has revealed very little about their plans, but on Friday a local partner with the casino operator, Tony Cignoli revealed some new details to CBS 3.

"So to be very frank we had a meeting with some key people from Hard Rock and with Mayor Sarno at his invitation, as did the other folks looking at the city of Springfield," Cignoli said, "and, one thing we did share with the mayor that we haven't talked to a lot of people about or haven't announced anywhere is that we are looking at an $800 million to $900 million investment in the city of Springfield."

Hard Rock is one of four casino operators looking to place a casino in the city. The company initially showed interest in Holyoke, but switched its focus to the City of Homes. Now they are getting ready to make a bid to put a multi-million dollar casino in the downtown area.

"It's got to be next to I-91 somewhere," Cignoli said, "and so as you know there's a proposal in the South End, there's one in the North End which hasn't been announced yet. Maybe in the middle of that wouldn't be a bad idea."

The company has not yet revealed any blueprints or had any public presentations about their proposal.

"You'll see an announcement from Hard Rock probably within the next few months," Cignoli said. "They're taking it a little bit more slowly, they're a different kind of a company."

Hard Rock has not paid the $400,000 non-refundable fee to the state's gaming commission. Cignoli said they're going to wait to submit that until their whole package is ready to go.

"I think what you're going to see from Hard Rock is a complete application that says, exactly where, exactly what, and how," Cignoli said.

In recent days the state's gaming commission has asked Springfield to put their process on hold after it was learned that two of the four casino operators bidding to put a casino in Springfield are represented by the city's casino consultant.

On Tuesday the commission and officials will be meeting to work to address those concerns.

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