MGM Resorts has targeted the Western Massachusetts city of Springfield for its proposed $800 million mixed-use casino resort development.

Plans calls for a world-class dining, retail and entertainment “district” to be carved out of 10-acres of city land that was heavily damaged by a 2011 tornado. MGM's Springfield plan envisions a revived Main Street area with people walking along tree‐lined streets overflowing with restaurant choices, a variety of shopping options, an outdoor stage, movie theaters, a casino and hotel that all respect and feed off of the area's existing architecture.

The 500,000-square-foot mixed‐used development project would include a 25‐ story 250‐room hotel with world‐class amenities including a spa, pool and roof deck; 89,000 square feet of gaming space; about 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space that would accommodate 15 shops and restaurants; and a multi‐level parking garage. Plans also envision an approximately 130,000 square‐foot dining, retail and entertainment district, tentatively named Armory Square, and directly accessible from the garage parking

“We believe this is a significant demonstration of our desire to partner with Springfield and it gives the Massachusetts Gaming Commission [MGC] and the city the resources they need to move forward during this groundbreaking phase for a new industry in Massachusetts,” said Jim Murren, MGM Resorts CEO, in a prepared statement.

MGM Springfield would create thousands of permanent direct jobs as well as more than 2,000 construction‐related jobs and thousands of additional indirect jobs. MGM Springfield would generate millions in annual tax revenues.

The announcement came as MGM submitted its $400,000 application fee to the MGC. The non‐refundable application fee will go to both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Springfield to fund the vetting and negotiating process that MGM hopes will result in a world‐class destination resort in Springfield.

Massachusetts casino enabling legislation calls for the establishment of three land-based casino resorts, one of which will be located in the western portion of the state.