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Mass. gaming commission votes to award MGM casino license based on 6 conditions

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Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins, a former Springfield City Councilor, gives his presentation to the commission. (MassLive) Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins, a former Springfield City Councilor, gives his presentation to the commission. (MassLive)
MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis (left) and Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby during this week's meetings in Springfield. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis (left) and Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby during this week's meetings in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously voted Wednesday afternoon to prepare to award MGM Springfield the state's first casino license on Friday.

The vote comes after two days of hearings held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

The Gaming Commission's five members each made presentations on different aspects of the MGM Springfield proposal.

If MGM officials agree to six conditions laid out by the board, the casino will likely receive a license on Friday, when the Commission returns to Springfield for a final vote.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided that:

  • MGM must report to the gaming commission once they have chosen a general contractor for their $800 million construction project.
  • MGM must disclose any negotiated leases that are signed with businesses that will rent space inside of the MGM complex.
  • MGM must report to the commission the amount of Springfield residents that have been hired to make up for a previously outlined community pledge.
  • Coordinate with the Trial Court of Massachusetts, MassDOT and other interested or impacted parties to minimize issues during construction.
  • Ensure the parking garage and historic building facades blend well with existing buildings in the neighborhood.
  • Report to the commission the general contractor's affirmative action hiring plan and offer a local MGM affirmative action hiring plan.

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