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Springfield Plans Downtown 'Refresh' Ahead Of MGM Casino Opening


     A major infrastructure project is planned in advance of next year’s scheduled opening of the MGM Springfield casino. 

     Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno Wednesday announced a $7 million dollar project to prepare downtown Springfield for the estimated 10,000 people a day who will visit the new casino.

     "We are going to make it clean and safe, aesthetically pleasing," annouced Sarno.

     A 14-block stretch of Main Street will be repaved along with parts of several cross streets. Sidewalks will be repaired. Crosswalks improved. There will be new landscaping, improved lighting and signage.

      The work is scheduled to begin next spring, about six months before the casino’s scheduled opening.

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