SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As the state Supreme Judicial Court considers allowing a ballot question to overturn the state’s gambling law, State Senator Gale Candaras wants to know where people will park if and when MGM starts building their casino.
“There is no plan. We need, any plan that has floated past me has been a plan that I think has been almost preposterous,” said Sen. Candaras.
Sen. Candaras’ main concerns have to do with a building on State Street where MGM Springfield wants to build. She wants to know once they start construction and taking over the parking spaces nearby, how people who need to go to court will continue their day to day routines.
Candaras invited Transportation Secretary Richard Davey to inspect the proposed south end casino location. Construction is expected to take place the same time the state repairs Interstate 91.
“I think that’s really something that the casino has to work out with the city in particular, we’re happy to help in any way we can, for our project, the viaduct plan, we’re confident our traffic management plan will allow free-flow while we’re working on I-91,” Davey said.
Candaras filed legislation asking the state to come up with a traffic plan so people can still access the court house during the construction phases.
22News contacted MGM on this–spokeswoman Carole Brennan told the I-Team they hope to have their proposed parking garage completed as soon as possible, but will have another plan for parking before shovels go in the ground.
Right now, they’re working with the state and the region to come up with a plan that works for everyone.