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Competing Casino Proposals Possible In Downtown Springfield

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Two Massachusetts businessmen, who happen to be brothers, may be competing to build a resort casino in the downtown area of the state’s third largest city.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

             A company controlled by Peter Picknelly is offering to buy the North Main street property owned by the Republican Newspaper of Springfield  for a casino development. And, according to the paper, Paul Picknelly  has approached city officials about a plan to build a casino along South Main street.  Springfield City Council President James Ferrera says the level of interest in a casino for Springfield is exciting.

            Nevada based gaming company Ameristar has purchased a former industrial site on the city’s east side for a casino.. The state’’s new gambling law allows for one casino license in the four western most counties..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.