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Springfield Voters Approved MGM Resorts Casino Plan

Tuesday Massachusetts voters in Springfield approved a plan by MGM Resorts International to build an $800 million hotel-casino complex in the community.

The voter approval allows MGM Resorts, which is based in Las Vegas, to apply to the state Gaming Commission for a single casino license in western Massachusetts. According to Springfield election officials the voter turnout was “steadier” than everyone anticipated. In the final vote total, 42.4 percent of the voters haven’t favored the casino project and have opposed it, and 57.6 percent voted for the casino plan. A fourth of all voters (almost 25 percent) participated in the election.

If the casino project is built, the city of Springfield will receive annually more than $25 million in payment from MGM Resorts. The proposed casino project includes a 250-room hotel with an 89,000-square-foot casino, 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and maybe a 12-screen movie theater and a bowling center in a three-block area of Springfield.

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