LONGMEADOW/HAMPDEN, Mass. (WGGB) — Longmeadow and Hampden are the latest towns to petition the Mass. Gaming Commission to be deemed a ‘surrounding community’ to the proposed MGM casino project.
When MGM Springfield submitted their Phase 2 application on December 30, the report included a list of communities that they believe would feel an impact from their proposed project in Springfield’s South End, and as a result, would be considered a ‘surrounding community.’
Communities that believed they should be considered a surrounding community, but were not listed in that application or had not reached an agreement with MGM, had until Monday to petition to the Mass. Gaming Commission to request such a designation.
In their petition, attorneys representing Longmeadow explain that the town believes that they should be deemed a ‘surrounding community’ based on the town’s proximity to Springfield.
“The MGM Springfield site is located in the South End of Springfield. Longmeadow shares an extensive, direct border with the South End of Springfield,” the petition reads.
The petition also explains at length that the town would experience “significant and adverse transportation infrastructure impacts from MGM Springfield.”
Several pages go on to detail reports and studies commissioned that explore the impact additional traffic will have on Longmeadow town roadways, Interstate 91 through Longmeadow, and roads used by motorists to bypass I-91.
The Mass. Gaming Commission adds that the town of Hampden also filed a petition Monday.
Information on Hampden’s petition was not immediately available.
Regarding the petitions, MGM spokesperson Carole Brennan says in a statement that, “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has put a detailed petition process in place for these situations and we intend to follow the process through.”
Casino applicants have ten days following receipt of a petition to submit a response, no later than January 23.
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CLICK HERE to see the exhibits and documents submitted with Longmeadow’s petition