LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - It's no secret that a casino wouldn't just affect the community where it's located, surrounding cities and towns also have a lot at stake.
Thursday night 22News traveled to Longmeadow, Agawam and Ludlow to see how people in these border communities feel about a possible neighboring resort destination.
Springfield & MGM , West Springfield & Hard Rock , or Palmer & Mohegan Sun . Three proposals, three different communities, but each proposal has neighbors.
For Springfield, one is Longmeadow. People told 22News that traffic along Route 5 is one of their biggest concerns if a casino comes to Springfield.
"There's only one way into Longmeadow. Going up Route 5. The traffic would be horrible," said Fran Grosnik of Longmeadow.
Betsy Port said, "I've lived here about 17 years and the traffic has gotten so much worse since we first moved here in 1996. My main concern would be traffic."
Then there's Agawam, a neighbor to West Springfield. The theme of traffic concerns continued.
"We have too much congestion on that bridge as is. If you try to go through there between 3 and 5, take a picnic lunch. It's much better if it's in Springfield or Palmer," said Judith Benerakis.
At least one Ludlow resident like the possibility of a casino near by. Philip Nunnally told 22News, "If they had a resort for people to stay and play their games, it would be a good cause for Ludlow."
Residents in the city of Springfield will vote on the casino proposal on July 16th.
There's still time for other cities to enter the race. The deadline for developers to submit their Phase 2 casino application is December 31st.