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Massachusetts Casino Regulators To Meet In Springfield, Hear MGM Update

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet in Springfield Thursday for a progress report on the MGM casino.

     Construction work has been progressing ahead of schedule on the $950 million hotel and casino, scheduled to open in September 2018.

            But MGM is behind schedule to produce plans to build market-rate housing in downtown Springfield, according to Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby.           

"The commitment to housing is one of the critical elements of this proposal that really distinguished it from everything else," Crosby said after MGM officials failed to produce final plans for  the housing at a March meeting with the gaming commission.

The commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on MGM’s workforce development plan.

             The company has promised to hire 3,000 people to work in the casino complex.

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