Massachusetts MGM casino developers relocate hotel plans

MGM Springfield is revealing a revised site plan for its casino project in Springfield, Mass., this week. The proposal includes a proposal to reduce the size of its hotel from a 25-story tower to a six-story hotel in a new location.

The revised plans will be submitted to the city and to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for needed approval. The project changes will not reduce the $800 million cost of the development, and could result in an increase in cost, Michael Mathis, president and CEO of MGM Springfield, said in a letter to Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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The 25-story glass-facade hotel was planned at 73 State St., but the hotel is being moved to the corner of Main and Howard streets, according to the revised plans. The new hotel site was initially planned for market-rate apartments, but the housing will be moved outside the casino footprint. The glass-facade hotel design has been abandoned altogether. The hotel will continue to have 250 rooms, as was initially slated in plans, despite the change in design from 25 floors to six floors.

MGM Resorts International officials plan to present the design changes to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday.

Among other design changes being released on Tuesday are the MGM parking garage, which has been reduced in size by one floor, according to plans. In addition, an outdoor plaza appears to be larger in the revised plans.

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