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Gaming Commissioners Hear Concerns About Springfield Casino


Massachusetts gambling industry regulators were urged at a public hearing Monday night to be mindful of the impacts a planned resort casino in downtown Springfield will have beyond the city’s boundaries.

   State and local officials questioned the adequacy of the traffic and parking plans for MGM’s proposed Springfield casino. The $800 million project is in an already congested area and Interstate 91, which would carry the bulk of the casino traffic is slated for major repairs soon.  State Rep. Mike Finn said problems must be mitigated.

" Please don't let the scars of Springfield's economic facelift be seen in West Springfield. Please do all you can to make sure our interests are protected as much as the host city itself."

   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing, at the West Springfield Middle School, also provided a forum for casino opponents, who are hoping to get a question on the November ballot to repeal casino gambling.

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