1. Renovation of Paramount Theater and Massasoit House in Springfield moving forward, despite Penn National Gaming's exit

    Renovation of Paramount Theater and Massasoit House in Springfield moving forward, despite Penn National Gaming's exit

    Heriberto 'Herbie' Flores, the local businessman and head of the council, said that when Penn National took their chips and cashed out on plans to pump money into the facility, it hurt but didn't kill the plan to restore the building to its original glory. Flores also noted that some of the flashy artist renderings of a rejuvenated Paramount Theater presented by Penn National were actually just remixed versions of a plan that his group previously commissioned.

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    1. With a project like this you have to be flexible and change as the opportunities shift around you. That's what we've done since Penn National left.
    2. Right now the theater is an important place in the Hispanic community here, but we want it to be a place that appeals to all people.
    3. Of course I've been talking with MGM. We are looking for ways to work together should they get their license.
    4. Diversification is important in any business and we can take the profits from some of our for-profit ventures and invest that money back into helping the community in other areas.
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