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A project to restore an historic theater in western Massachusetts is getting a financial boost from the state. 

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  An organization promoting arts, music, theater, and cultural attractions in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts has a new executive director.

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      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 75th concert season.

    A major shakeup in the entertainment and cultural landscape of western Massachusetts was announced today.

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         The era of Las Vegas-style gambling dawned in Massachusetts today, as MGM Resorts International opened its much-anticipated casino in downtown Springfield.

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Construction work resumed this week on a long-stalled project to build a space for startup businesses in a western Massachusetts city.

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Officials today showcased a multi-faceted public safety plan for the opening next week of the first resort casino in Massachusetts – the MGM Springfield. 

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    A new public transportation service was unveiled today in downtown Springfield as planning continues for an expected influx of daily visitors drawn by the soon-to-open MGM casino.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has awarded $57 million to 19 projects in Massachusetts to create or preserve more than 1,300 apartments for low-income tenants. 

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   A developer says everything is on track to start work this summer to restore an historic theater in western Massachusetts.  State legislators have earmarked funds for another theater restoration project in the region.

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    A hotel project that took faith and perseverance has been completed just in time to take advantage of the opening of the MGM Springfield casino next month.

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  Hailing it as a milestone for public safety in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the Springfield Police Department announced the opening of its first substation Wednesday.

Massachusetts casino regulators have given MGM additional time to work on a development project that is part of the company’s deal with the state to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield.

     The Springfield Central Cultural District has received a $25,000 grant to help grow the creative economy in the Massachusetts city. 

Plans have been announced to redevelop the former bus terminal building in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

The regional housing agency Way Finders plans to move its headquarters to the Main Street site.

An extensive renovation of the former terminal is planned at an estimated cost of $13 million.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Way Finders President & CEO Peter Gagliardi.

There will be no interruption in programming this month on community television in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Production will go on at a studio located in the footprint of where the MGM casino complex is under construction. 

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   A venerable bus company founded in Springfield, Massachusetts is moving its corporate headquarters to the city’s Union Station, which is rapidly filling with tenants less than a year after it was restored and reopened.

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   Two seasonal traditions that are sandwiched around Thanksgiving return this week to Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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   The city of Springfield is advertising for bids for a major downtown improvement project.

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    A new piece of public art is on display in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. It represents a first for the city in more than one way.

    A change in leadership is coming at a nonprofit economic development corporation in western Massachusetts.

   A Massachusetts anti-poverty group is calling for establishing a housing task force in the state’s third-largest city.   As the Springfield City Council heard that request, it voted to give MGM more time to build housing as part of the downtown casino project.  

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   A new era in transportation in western Massachusetts begins in a few days. After being closed for decades, Union Station in Springfield is reopening following a years-long $95 million dollar restoration and redevelopment. 

    James Sullivan, 96, remembers Union Station during its glory days.

    " I can remember coming down from Northampton on the old railroad,"  Sullivan recalled during a visit to Union Station earlier this year with veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 

     A tentative agreement is in place between officials in Springfield, Massachusetts and MGM to have the casino operator invest in a long-stalled downtown development project. But it means MGM’s pledge to build housing as part of its $950 million resort casino development will be further delayed.

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   A new tenant was announced today for the newest transportation hub in western Massachusetts that is about a month away from opening to the public.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

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   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   With a date set for the public reopening of Springfield’s Union Station after a years-long restoration project, details have been announced for a celebration.

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