Parking could be an issue for MGM’s State Street apartments

22News counted just 8 parking spots in the back lot of 195 State Street.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield hopes work will begin soon on its new apartments on State Street, but many wonder where residents will park.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has said new MGM casino plans would enhance the “walkability” of downtown, but residents may not want that feature for their apartments. Parking in downtown Springfield is an increasing concern as MGM Springfield moves in. When casino construction began, several private parking lots closed. 150 casino parking spots were cut when MGM’s designs changed to eliminate the 25 story glass tower.

Developers are still figuring out where residents would park at MGM’s proposed apartments at 195 State Street, which is the former Springfield School Department Building. 22News counted just 8 parking spots in the back lot of 195 State Street. That’s clearly not enough for 35 proposed apartments.

The developer, Davenport Advisors, told 22News they’re in discussions with Springfield Museums to use their parking spots. That would require residents to cross busy State Street to get to their cars from their apartments.

“At night, I guess that could be a problem because I mean this is a busy street at times and there’s always that chance somebody could get hit,” said Michael Aldrich of Springfield.

MGM and City leaders hope to attract young professionals to the market-rate apartments. One man said parking may not be a concern if the residents work nearby. “If you live a half mile from where you work and it takes 10 minutes to walk there or 15 minutes to find a parking space down there, it seems it would be worth it to just walk,” Brendon Holland of Springfield told 22News.

There are city bus stops just outside 195 State Street and across the street. MGM is also looking to build apartments at 31 Elm Street in Court Square. There is very limited street parking there as well.

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