SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One Springfield business owner says a lack of parking spaces caused by MGM casino construction will force him to close.
The owner of McCaffery’s Public House on Main Street told 22News business has declined about 70% since casino construction began. “I don’t foresee us making it through the summer,” said owner Robert Gossman.
McCaffery’s Public House is an Irish themed pub on the edge of the Italian South End. They opened their doors in 2007. Back then, business was good, and no casino company was in town.
“At night time, people don’t feel comfortable walking downtown. The only place for them to park is on the street in front on Main Street and since the jersey barriers have been put up. I have the receipts to prove it, business just dropped,” said Gossman.
Located at 1171 Main Street, McCaffery’s is one of the only businesses that remains open. 22News went to the Springfield Parking Authority to see if anything could be done.
“Actually it is a loss to the parking authority as well because the revenue that those meters would generate, as well as any citations that would be issued for violations is lost to us as well. We are all sort of sharing in the loss if you will,” said Springfield Parking Authority Executive Director Mary McNally.
MGM construction has forced the removal of 41 parking meters on Bliss, Howard, State and Main Street. MGM has proposed booking business parties at McCaffery’s, but for the pubs 14 employees, it’s little consolation.
“This is my livelihood,” said McCaffery’s Head Ched Louis Saccamando. “It would be terrible. We are a staple in downtown now. We’ve come to know the people that people who come here and unfortunately they can’t park.”
The casino was also a factor in the August 2014 closing of JT’s Sports Pub just down the road.