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Penn National delivers copies of RFP to Springfield city council

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

More than a week ago, MGM and Penn National both met the city's deadline to turn in their casino plans.

Friday, Penn National took things one step further.

A Hollywood Casino bus pulled up to city hall, and Penn National representatives delivered 13 copies of their $807 million proposal to city council.

They told CBS 3 that it was done at the request of Mayor Domenic Sarno.

"It has just been a flow," said Eric Schippers, Penn National Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. "This just fell into an overall process of other meetings that we have had."

Schippers said there were no plans to make the personal delivery back on Jan. 3, like MGM did, when the proposals were officially due.

He believes showmanship will have little effect on the Springfield's decision.

"If you cut through the style and get to the substance, I think most in Springfield will come to the quick conclusion that this is how we should join together to revitalize this city," Schippers stated.

For City Councilor Bud Williams Friday's delivery marked the first chance he had to read either of the detailed proposals. He said the city's legal department continues to go through the paperwork.

"I guess the law department had a lot more to sort through before they felt comfortable passing it along to the council," Williams said.

The city has to deal with more than just casino issues, so Williams said that time is important.

"The faster we get our hands on the material, the faster we can educate ourselves and work with the mayor and developers to see if we can get the best situation for the city of Springfield," Williams stated.

MGM officials told CBS 3 that they reached out to the city and they are preparing copies of their RFP for council members.

They plan on delivering them next Wednesday.

The city said both proposals will be available for the public online this coming Monday.

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