MGM Resorts International has unveiled plans to develop an $800m dining, retail and entertainment district in Springfield, Massachusetts, US, which was heavily damaged by a tornado in June 2011.
Development plans include a restored Main Street area, an outdoor stage, movie theatres, a casino, a hotel and a pedestrian bridge between the MGM project and the MassMutual Centre.
The 130,000ft² project, spread over ten acres of land currently occupied by the tornado-ravaged South End Community Center and Howard Street School, would be developed on three city blocks located 200ft off Interstate 91 between Union and State streets, and Columbus Avenue and Main Street.
As per the plans, MGM will preserve much of the downtown’s architecture by repurposing the original MassMutual headquarters at the corner of State and Main streets as MGM offices and 73 State St. as the entrance to a new MGM hotel.
The project, tentatively named Armory Square, would include a 25-storey hotel with 250 rooms, a spa, pool and roof deck, 89,000ft² of gaming space, 70,000ft² of retail space to house 15 shops and restaurants, and a multi-level parking garage.
MGM has submitted an application fee of $400,000 to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to fund the vetting and negotiating process.
Since March 2012, MGM had been seeking a new location for a casino as it abandoned its plans to develop a resort in the rural town of Brimfield.