SUPER BOWL XLIX Patriots Coverage | Seahawks Coverage | Share Your Photos | Behind The Scenes
98.5 The Sports Hub: Patriots Pregame @ 3:30pm | Socci & Zo's Call of Super Bowl XLIX @ 6:30pm
WBZ-TV: Patriots GameDay @ 11:30am


Western Mass. Residents Hear Casino Plan For Springfield

View Comments
File Image (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

File Image (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A company that hopes to build a casino in Springfield is assuring local residents that it doesn’t have a glitzy Las Vegas-style resort in mind, but rather one that would fit the character of the neighborhood.

Several hundred people packed a church gymnasium Tuesday night to hear Ameristar Casinos outline its plan for a $500 million hotel and casino at a vacant industrial site in the city.

A new Massachusetts law will allow up to three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts, including one in the western part of the state.

Ameristar chief executive Gordon Kanofsky told the gathering that the project would create 2,800 permanent jobs and 2,000 temporary construction jobs.

He promised that the company, which owns eight other U.S. casinos, would address neighborhood concerns about traffic, noise and crime.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,450 other followers