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MGM Resorts opening community office

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

MGM resorts now has a community office in downtown Springfield.

The opening comes just days before Springfield's casino application deadline. Officials hope it will show their commitment to the city.

Dining, entertainment and gaming - this much we know about MGM's proposed 10-acre resort casino that would become the focal point of the heart of Springfield.

But residents still have their questions and doubts.

"I'm undecided about that... because I don't know if this is the right spot for a casino," said Etta Brice of Springfield.

MGM officials say the opening of their new office right on Main Street is perfect for residents who are still on the fence to come in and ask questions.

"We aren't the typical casino in a box, so we want people to understand who we are, what we stand for, that corporate philosophy of getting engaged in the community," said Kelley Tucky, vice president of public affairs for MGM's Eastern Division.

The casino developer has reached out to community organizations, partnering with the Springfield Falcons and donating to the South End Community Center.

"For months now they've been getting into the fabric of Springfield and talking to the right people and trying to help the right people that's what's important about it," said Chairman of the South End Community Center Joe Gallo.

This Thursday is the deadline for applications to build in the city.

With other companies like Hard Rock, Ameristar and Penn National also vying for the license in Springfield, MGM officials say this office will help show their commitment.

"This gives us a way to continue to have engagement with the community and to learn more about how we can bring economic developments into downtown," Tucky said.

The community office is now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 1441 Main St.  

Residents and business owners who have questions are invited to stop by.

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