In a matter of days, the city is supposed to officially announce which of the two proposed casino companies it will negotiate a host agreement with.
It could be MGM, Penn National, or both companies.
Friday, MGM picked up a piece of its puzzle to complete a casino in the city's South End.
City officials announced the company is the preferred developer of two buildings that are for sale.
MGM has offered $1.6 million each for the historic Armory building and the Howard Street School.
Both properties are in the area the company has its eye on for an $800 million casino resort.
MGM has put down deposits on each building.
They will officially acquire the buildings if they are selected for a state gaming license.
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