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Casino Developers File Detailed Proposals In Springfield

Two high powered casino companies met a deadline Thursday for submitting detailed plans for competing projects in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.


   MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming delivered to Springfield City Hall boxes containing hundreds of pages of information detailing the designs  of  the projects, financing, economic benefits, the impact on traffic and much more.  Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said city officials, advisors and consultants will now carefully review the voluminous material.

   MGM has proposed a casino in the South End of Downtown Springfield, Penn National wants to build in the North End.  Both need the city’s endorsement in order to pursue the lone state license available for a casino in western Massachusetts.

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.