March 28, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:31 pm

MGM abandons plans for casino in Mass. town

MGM Resorts International, which has a Connecticut casino at Foxwoods, is abandoning a plan to build a resort-style casino in Brimfield and will seek an alternative location in western Massachusetts, The Associated Press reports.

The Las Vegas casino company indicated in a statement Tuesday that there were too many complications to pursuing the project in the small, largely rural community.

"The unique nature of MGM's plans for an all-inclusive world-class resort of the Brimfield site, and our growing understanding of the needed scope for its infrastructure, simply do not allow us to pursue the comprehensive MGM resort originally envisioned here," said Bill Hornbuckle, the company's chief marketing officer.

The company, which owns several luxury casinos on the Las Vegas strip, announced in January that it had signed a contract with Rolling Hills Estates Realty Trust to buy 150 acres of undeveloped land in the town about 65 miles west of Boston.

MGM would pursue "other potential development sites" in the western part of the state, Hornbuckle said, but the statement did not identify any of other possible locations. The company said for now it would continue to work out of an office it had established in Brimfield.

The site that had been chosen in the town was adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike but had no direct access from the highway, a fact that posed a potentially major obstacle to development of the casino.

Other companies hoping to compete for the western Massachusetts license include Mohegan Sun, which operates a casino in neighboring Connecticut, and has proposed a casino for the town of Palmer, with access from Exit 8 on the turnpike.

Ameristar Casinos has bought land for a possible casino off Interstate 291 in Springfield, and Hard Rock International has considered a potential site in Holyoke.


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