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Brimfield casino project takes major step forward

Company purchases 150 acres near Mass Pike

A distant house as seen from the top of the hill MGM is proposing to use for its casino. Currently owned by David Callahan of Palmer Paving, the 200-acre site is at the end of a winding, private dirt road accessible only from Washington Road in rural northwestern Brimfield. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
January 15, 2012
BRIMFIELD — The resort casino proposal in town took a major step on Thursday, Jan. 12, with the announcement that MGM Resorts International signed a contract with Rolling Hills Estates Realty Trust to purchase 150 acres of land in the northwestern portion of Brimfield.

MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren attended a news conference at Hitchcock Free Academy on Thursday, Jan. 12, to officially announce the purchase. Murren hopes to develop a multi-million dollar resort, including a hotel and a casino, on the land just north of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The site is close to the town's borders with Palmer and Warren, and it would only be accessible via an exit off the Massachusetts Turnpike between exits 8 and 9.

Murren, who grew up in Connecticut, expressed his desire to work closely with residents and town officials to come up with a project that honors the community.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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