(WWLP) - Casino developer Hard Rock International has submitted its draft for a host community agreement to the city of West Springfield.
More than one hundred people attended a community open house hosted by Hard Rock Tuesday night at the Memorial School. The hopeful casino developer took questions as they outlined their proposal for a resort casino on the grounds of the Big E.
It is up to the city now as to when they will put their plan before voters.
Jim Allen, the Chairman of Hard Rock International said, "They certainly know what's in the best interests of the residents of West Springfield. We would be prepared to take a vote some time towards the end of June so really any where from the end of June all the way through the Fall will be fine with us."
Hard Rock plans on spending $10 million on Memorial Avenue to minimize negative impacts on traffic.
Under their plan, Memorial Avenue will be widened from four lanes to five lanes from the Memorial Bridge to the bridge that connects West Springfield to Agawam by the Big E.
Hard Rock also has plans to revamp the rotary off the Memorial Bridge, and add bike lanes and turning lanes.
Allen said he hopes to hear from the Mayor's office in the next two to three weeks.
Hard Rock still needs to negotiate a host agreement with the Town of West Springfield. After that, they'll need to pass another hurdle, a "Yes" vote from the residents.