Gaming Commission approves $200,000 for temporary valet parking

The South End casino is scheduled to open in September 2018

BOSTON (WWLP) – Parking is limited in downtown Springfield as MGM construction continues along Main Street. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved $200,000 in mitigation funds to the city for a temporary valet parking program.

“Once both MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston are up and operational, we’ll have very significant dollars in there to try to address some of these local needs,” said John Ziemba of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Tuesday’s meeting comes just one day after State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an audit criticizing the Gaming Commission for not holding Plainridge Park Casino to its local-hiring quota promises.

22News asked Governor Charlie Baker whether the state needs to step in to make sure gaming facilities, like the Plainridge slots parlor and MGM Springfield, fulfill their hiring promises.

He said, “The job estimates are, in fact, estimates and I certainly think at this point we’ll know a lot more about this in about a year once we actually have MGM a lot farther along.”

The South End casino is scheduled to open in September 2018.

As the state prepares to legalize recreational marijuana next month, Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby wants to look at states where marijuana is already legal to determine whether casinos will be impacted.