Hampden, Longmeadow and Northampton attempted to convince the Mass. Gaming Commission of the impact a casino in Springfield would bring to their communities.
Representatives from Longmeadow have asked for nearly $1 million up front and $500,000 a year, plus yearly increases. The traffic from Connecticut will increase dramatically, especially on Route 5 and other secondary roads, according to Longmeadow officials.
Representatives from the Majestic Theater in West Springfield and the Big E were in Boston as well.
MGM was allowed a chance to respond after each town and venue made its case.
Mohegan Sun has struck deals with seven surrounding communities near their proposed $1.3 billion resort. Mohegan Sun is attempting to build in Revere on land owned by Suffolk Downs. Mohegan has reached a deal with Cambridge, Chelsea and Lynn to name a few, but has not yet reached a deal with Boston. The deals provide a combined $3.75 million to offset any potential impacts the casino could bring to their communities.
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