$960 million MGM Springfield casino less than a year from opening (photos)

$960 million MGM Springfield casino less than a year from opening (photos)

Gallery: $960 million MGM Springfield casino less than a year away from opening

With a career center opening this week, trucks delivering stacks of drywall, and windows covered with glass, the MGM Springfield casino is on track to open its doors in less than a year.

A lot of work is going on inside the walls of the project, far from the reach of news cameras. Casino officials are keeping interior details under-wraps for now.

The MGM career center is at the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave., adjacent to the casino project.

The career center will initially be open through the end of the year from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will open for full-time hours and weekend hours in 2018, MGM officials said.

In early August, MGM notified the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that it continues to significantly exceed its goals for diversity hiring and contracting for its downtown casino.

The former South End Community Center, once the site of an historic armory sitting at the center of the project, is completely ensconced in scaffolding as workers restore the tornado damaged building. Final plans for the use of the building have not been finalized, but officials have floated ideas of concert space and wedding venue.

MGM announced that Kringle Candle, located in Bernardston and owned/operated by the Kittredge family which founded Yankee Candle, will be opening inside the historic former First Spiritualist Church the casino company saved and will incorporate into its 14.5 acre campus.

The 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church, built as the first French Protestant church in Springfield, was relocated 200 yards from Bliss Street past the former South End Community Center, through the MGM Springfield construction site to a pad where it now sits on Union Street.


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