WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield and West Springfield leaders met Wednesday night to discuss possible impacts of having a resort casino in western Mass.
We are still several months away from finding out which proposal the Gaming Commission will pick, but at West Springfield Town Hall, the conversation has already begun about possible impacts on surrounding communities.
Casino committee members compared the host agreement each community signed.
Even though MGM and Hard Rock are competing against each other for one western Massachusetts gambling license, Casino Mitigation Committee members from both cities want to start a conversation about possible impacts of having a resort casino in western Massachusetts.
Whoever gets picked by the Gaming Commission will need to negotiate surrounding community agreements. Both Springfield and West Springfield want to learn as much as they can about each proposal.
West Springfield Town Councilor Brian Griffin told 22News he hopes to see detailed traffic mitigation plans from MGM soon.
“We delivered after our last meeting a 1200-page document to President Ferrera and his team to show what we are doing. On this side of the river, I have yet to see MGM's,” said Councilor Griffin.
Springfield wants to know how Hard Rock will work with surrounding cities and towns if they build on the Big E fairgrounds.
Springfield City Councilor, Jimmy Ferrera said, “Obviously traffic is a major concern. Public safety. Increase in parking and necessities to mitigate that.”
The Longmeadow Town Manager and their members of the Board of Selectmen also attended the meeting.
This was the third mitigation meeting.
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