CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Just because Springfield didn't choose Penn National, it doesn't mean they are out of the running here in western Massachusetts, the company could go to another city.
Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette has not been shy about talking about the possibility of having a casino come to Chicopee. Bissonnette actually spoke with Penn National, among other companies, early on in the process.
Penn National has already fulfilled all the requirements to compete for a casino in the state and even western Massachusetts. Chicopee has been open to finding a casino partner throughout this entire process.
There had been talks of possible sites near Interstate 291, but that would require a complicated vote. Most recently, the Mayor had said the Cabotville Industrial Park would be an ideal location, and some Chicopee residents agree.
Harold Avery of Chicopee told 22News, "I would like that, we need the taxes and I think it would be a good thing for Chicopee. We've got plenty of land over near Westover, there's plenty of room to expand. It'd be a nice tax base."
Through this process Bissonette stressed, "Anyone considering Chicopee as a place to create jobs and revenue will always have my attention and support."
There have been other locations in Chicopee that have been thrown around and some people 22News spoke with think it's a better option than the busy city of Springfield.
"Well I'd say that's a good spot too because you don't have to tear nothing down, you can just build and that's the problem," said Jim Fleming of Holyoke.