SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Parking in downtown Springfield is about to get a lot more difficult. Beginning Monday, many privately-owned lots will close to prepare for MGM casino construction.
Parking will be available in the Taylor Street garage for $85 a month, and the Taylor Street surface lot and the Winter-Worthington Street lot for $65 a month.
In total, about 230 Springfield Parking Authority spaces will be available Monday.
Here are the locations of the permitted lots that will be closing:
- 16-30 Bliss St.
- 53-57 Bliss St.
- 61 Bliss St.
- 69-71 Bliss St.
- South Side Bliss St.
- North Side Howard St.
- 73 State Street
“I don’t think that will solve the entire problem,” said Springfield Parking Authority Chair Mary McNally. “I’m understanding that there is a need for more capacity than that, but at least there are that many spaces and then this lot could be made available for the short term.”
McNally is talking about the Trolley Lot bordering Main and Boylston Street under the highway. She said they’d consider plowing the lot and creating about 700 spaces for people to park if there’s a need. The state Department of Transportation wants to use this lot to store their construction equipment during the I-91 viaduct project, so this would only be a short term solution.
Chris Russell is the Executive Director of Springfield’s Business Improvement District. He told 22News, in a statement, “We understand this is not convenient for some. We will have SBID Ambassadors on hand Monday to direct parkers to alternative lots.”
The BID says their working to organize a shuttle to transport people from those alternative lots outside of the downtown.
Lots that are closing are indicated in orange, lots with available monthly spaces are in blue. Trolley lot is indicated with a yellow car icon.
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