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Arbitrator settles surrounding community dispute with MGM, West Springfield

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Arbitrators have unanimously settled the surrounding community dispute between West Springfield and MGM.

The two sides were unable to reach an agreement by a deadline last month, so the matter was sent to arbitration.

In the ruling, West Springfield will be awarded $425,000 a year. $375,000 of that is dedicated to impact and it will increase every year based on price index.

The city will also receive $665,000 for repairs for Memorial Avenue and replacement for Memorial Drive.

In addition, MGM will pay the consultant's cost, but the amount of that is unknown at this time.

"While MGM respects West Springfield's advocacy and both the arbitrators' and the town's work in this matter, we are disappointed with the arbitration decision," MGM Springfield spokesman Carole Brennan said. "We will continue to seek a fair and equitable outcome, as we have done with all our surrounding communities, and look forward to discussing the terms of the agreement before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the coming weeks."

MGM is hoping to build a casino in downtown Springfield, and could potentially be award the sole Western Massachusetts license by the end of next month.

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