MGM Springfield Receives Additional Exclusive Neighborhood Endorsements
Reaches Out to Communities that May Be Impacted
SPRINGFIELD (MA) March 15, 2013 – MGM Resorts International today announced that it has filed its Environmental Notification Form (ENF) to begin the environmental review for MGM Springfield, its proposed Downtown Springfield development. Along with the filing, the MGM team members reached out to government officials in communities surrounding Springfield to begin introducing the environmental discussion. They expect to schedule meetings with officials in the coming weeks as they continue the process of preparing for a gaming license in Western Massachusetts.
A complete ENF is required under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) for a development that meets or exceeds certain thresholds. The size, scope and location of the MGM Springfield proposal triggers the review. MGM is the first applicant in Western Massachusetts to take this step in the design and entitlement process.
As part of the filing guidelines, potentially impacted communities must be supplied copies of the ENF, which details the potential environmental impacts of the development. The seven communities that MGM will file with are Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, and Wilbraham. In addition to the 22 page ENF, cover letters went out today to the chief municipal officer, the City Council or Board of Selectmen, Planning Board or Department, Conservation Commission and Department or Board of Health in each of these communities.
Mike Mathis, Vice President of Global Gaming Development, said, "Today we are reaching out to officials in communities around the project to let them know that we are initiating the state's environmental review process. We hope to meet with folks in person very soon and begin a dialogue specific to the environmental review."
The letter sent to the communities explained that there is a clear distinction between the MEPA process and the Massachusetts Gaming LawÂ¹s process for working on surrounding community agreements.
Mathis explained. "Although MGM looks forward to sitting down with surrounding communities to get their perspective and priorities moving forward, we are not yet at that stage of the process."
MGM Springfield's ENF was filed today with the MEPA Office of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. will publish the appropriate pages of the ENF in the next Environmental Monitor. The Environmental Monitor is an EEA publication that provides information on projects under review by the MEPA office and can be accessed through the EEA website at www.mass.gov/eea.
MGM Springfield has proposed to develop an $800 million world-class residential, retail, dining and entertainment district on approximately 14.5 acres of land between Union and State streets, and Columbus Avenue and Main Street. MGM is seeking the sole gaming license in Western Massachusetts.
About MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM)
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. In addition to its 51% interest in MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino, the Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in three other properties in Nevada and Illinois. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts' unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company's renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations.
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