West Springfield – Springfield Form Joint Casino Committee
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — City officials from Springfield and West Springfield are working together to develop a plan for a casino coming to the area.
MGM has proposed a casino for downtown Springfield and Hard Rock has proposed one for The Big E fair grounds in West Springfield.
City Councilors from both communities are forming a joint committee to make sure everyone benefits from the resort style casino wherever it goes.
“We may be rivals on the playing field, but we are certainly not rivals and in this matter is very important to us. We need to protect the residents and businesses in our community and their interests and we’ll do that,” said West Springfield Councilor Brian Griffin.
“I think it’s critically important to ensure mitigating factors, that whether Springfield is selected or West Springfield is selected, that we have both mitigating stances out and we’ve discussed what West Springfield’s concerns are and what Springfield’s concerns are,” said Springfield City Councilor James Ferrera.
The committee will work on issues like traffic, jobs and potential negative impacts on local businesses.