New director for parking authority; future of I-91 garage unclear

Mary McNally is seen speaking at Springfield City Hall following her appointment as the new executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield attorney who had served as the chair of the board overseeing the Springfield Parking Authority (SPA) has now been chosen to run the day-to-day operations of the authority.

Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Friday that he selected Attorney Mary E. McNally to be the new executive director of the SPA.

Sarno credited McNally with helping turn the authority around when she oversaw the restructuring of its debt.

McNally, who had a law practice in Springfield for 27 years, had most recently worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.

In a news release sent to 22News, Sarno said that he will be working closely with McNally as she begins her new job.

“I look forward to working with her in an increased capacity as we continue to utilize the SPA as an economic development tool in downtown Springfield,” Sarno said.

Among the issues McNally will face is what to do about downtown parking when the project to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 91 takes place. About 2,000 downtown parking spaces maintained by the SPA are in a garage below the bridge deck.

She told 22News that the SPA is still working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to figure out what will happen to those parking spaces when the project takes place.

McNally said that she personally favors having the highway at ground level, but that that would mean the parking spaces would have to be moved somewhere north of the existing garage. She said it is too early to determine exactly where they would move the parking if this happens.

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