While the tribes have said they hope to open a Hartford-area casino before MGM Springfield’s anticipated September 2018 debut, they have yet to propose legislation that would enable them to open a commercial casino on non-tribal land. Time seems to be moving quickly, MGM Springfield continues to proceed. The demolition of the former Zanetti School and various other construction activity is moving forward. This week, preparation work for the planned relocation of the historic First Spiritualist Church from its Bliss Street location to a nearby Union Street site is scheduled to begin. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
Was the study paid for and reported by MGM a tactic to distract the Connecticut legislation? To postpone MMCT’s forward progress? Or was it a serious alternative to the competition at the CT/MA border?
We have seen approved casino proposals stopped in their tracks already – MGM postponed due to city infrastructure, Wynn due to additional law suits, and possibly CT’s third casino with the MGM/Schaticoke fair trade law suit still pending. This could be a small victory for the Mohegans & Pequots joint effort. The real heat will be generated by the law suits pending. MGM Springfield continues to move forward amidst the turmoil.