Friday October 12, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- There will be three companies competing to develop a resort casino in Springfield.

Penn National Gaming, MGM International and Ameristar Casinos met a 5 p.m. application deadline set by city officials.

A fourth company that had expressed interest in Springfield, Hard Rock International, did not apply.

Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s economic development director, said the companies also submitted a $50,000 application fee to the city.

Kennedy said the city will determine by Oct. 31 if the three applicants are qualified to continue in the review process. He says the city eventually hopes to choose one proposal to put before Springfield voters for approval.

Penn National Gaming announced earlier Thursday that it was partnering with the owner of Peter Pan Bus Lines on an $807 million casino in the city’s North End.