SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For weeks, people have been standing outside waiting to get into the Springfield and Chicopee Registry of Motor Vehicles. 22News found out how they might not have to do that much longer.
The Department of Transportation said they will be building a new RMV branch on Mantone Place in Springfield. 22News checked out the road and potential new location on Tuesday.
A new RMV branch would be a relief for dozens of people who spent hours at the Springfield branch Tuesday looking for a parking spot and then waiting in line.
“Quite frustrating because the lines are super long and I was here since 9:40 and now it’s about 12:30 and it was a 25 minute wait just to actually enter the building,” said Paul DeLeon of Holyoke.
On Monday, the Department of Transportation confirmed a new, 14,000 square foot registry would be built in another part of Springfield with a much bigger parking lot.
Mantone Place is a small road off of St. James Avenue and Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Verseckes told 22News they plan on knocking down two of the few buildings on the road to make room for the new registry.
Surveyors told 22News they were taking measurements for a new parking lot. People watching them wondered about enough access to and from the parking lot.
“We just came down here to see if this is going to be more convenient to get in and out of and the size of it looks good. We’re hoping we can get in and out. We do a lot of registrations,” said Pat Lombardo who works for Balise Auto Group.
The new registry is expected to open as early as this Fall.
22News asked Verseckes if a bigger building would mean more staff. He responded, “The new Springfield location will be built to specifications that would allow us to accommodate a greater customer.”