WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of West Springfield is receiving about $250,000 from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt, announced Wednesday that the city will be receiving $247,500 in additional mitigation monies from the Gaming Commission.
The money will be used for the redesign of Memorial Avenue. The town was originally awarded $665,000 through the Surrounding Community Agreement with MGM.
Bids for the Memorial Avenue and Union Street Extension design came in at $945,000 with $812,500 being attributable to the Memorial Avenue Portion. This grant awarded covers the excess cost of $147,000 for the Memorial Avenue design as well as providing a buffer for additional costs.
Those additional costs could be relative to a buffered bike path along the roadway. Mayor Reichelt said in addition to giving the town a new look to compliment the commercial redevelopment in the area, it will also provide a new entryway to greet visitors.