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MGM begins construction in Springfield

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Crews began taking soil samples in the area of Union Street on Wednesday morning. Crews began taking soil samples in the area of Union Street on Wednesday morning.
A rendering of MGM Springfield's $800 million proposal. A rendering of MGM Springfield's $800 million proposal.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Less than 12 hours after officially learning that the state's casino law would not be repealed, MGM Springfield initiated its construction process in the city's South End neighborhood.

Seaboard Geotechnical Environmental Drilling began taking soil samples in the Union Street area on Wednesday morning on behalf of MGM.

At a an MGM watch party at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, MGM Resorts International President and Chief Marketing Officer Bill Hornbuckle made the announcement that a trailer would be on site and a crew would be collecting dirt samples on Wednesday morning.

“We will build you something that you are proud of. We will build you something that will last forever. And we will build you something that we can all enjoy, and engage and entertain and ultimately inspire the Commonwealth and beyond,” Hornbeck said at the watch party.

MGM Vice President of Public Affairs (eastern region) Kelley Tucky was on site Wednesday morning. CBS 3 spoke with her and will bring you a full update on the process coming up First at 4. 

MGM has proposed a casino, hotel, movie theater and a shopping center on about 15 acres between State and Union streets and East Columbus Avenue and Main Street in between downtown Springfield and the city's South End neighborhood.

The proposal calls for 3,000 slots machines, with a total of 3,700 gaming positions. More than 50 residences will be constructed along Main Street and a 250-room hotel, 50 percent of which will be reserved for casino guests, will be built near State Street and East Columbus Avenue. 

The plan calls for a farmer's market, an ice skating rink and a revitalization of Pynchon Park along the Connecticut River bank. An upscale cinema, numerous restaurants and a bowling facility are also included in the plans. Visitors can also expect to see a second story entertainment plaza with shops and restaurants.

A multi-story parking garage will be constructed on East Columbus Avenues.

For 20 years, dating back to 1994, people have been attempting to bring resort casino gambling to Massachusetts. In 2002, amendments were filed to reignite the debate and in 2011, a casino gaming law was signed.

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