SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - One of the three Casino Developers vying to build a gaming resort in Springfield took their case directly to the South End neighborhood Thursday night.
About fifty residents and business owners watched and heard a presentation from MGM Resorts International.
MGM executives brought a presentation and answered questions, detailing how they hope to enhance Springfield's south end neighborhood.
They explained their plan to keep traffic off Main Street, and access their proposed casino from I-91 directly into a new garage on Union Street. The idea appeals to lifetime South End resident Marc Boisvert.
"Controlling traffic and building new parking garages, including our merchants that are already here along main street. I think it's a great idea for our town," Boisvert told 22News.
South End Citizens Council president, Leo Florian was pleased MGM made the effort to speak with his neighbors. "We just need to sift through things one at a time, make sure we address all of the issues, and get the answers that the people are looking for," Florian said.
MGM also said they would support the addition of a community policing substation in the neighborhood.
There are two other companies hoping to become the preferred casino developer in Springfield; Ameristar Casinos and Penn National gaming.