East Longmeadow signs casino impact deal with MGMAP , Associated Press
Dec. 12, 2013 7:59 PM ET
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — East Longmeadow has signed an agreement with MGM Resorts International to compensate any negative impact of a proposed casino in nearby Springfield.
The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/IIswBU) the deal is $100,000 a year for 15 years.
Paul Federici, chairman of the board of selectmen, says impact studies find the town would see about a 6 percent increase in traffic.
Federici said the town will get $50,000 for consultant fees for its independent impact study, and will be able to reassess one year after a casino opens and again at five years.
Ludlow has signed an agreement with MGM. Longmeadow is still negotiating.
MGM's $800 million casino proposal was endorsed by Springfield voters in July. Several nearby towns have passed non-binding referendums opposing it.
The state gambling commission will take the opinions of surrounding towns into account.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/