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West Springfield zoning amendment would allow for electric signs, bar certain businesses

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A proposed zoning amendment in West Springfield would allow electric signs for the Big E and bar certain businesses from building in the area.

Eastern States Exposition officials met before the Town Council on Monday night.

The changes would be called the Memorial Corridor Overlay District and would encompass the Eastern States Exposition and the Memorial Avenue area.

After Hard Rock's failed West Side casino bid, the town asked the Eastern States Exposition to stay on as the official applicant.

Now ESE officials are asking for some changes to protect their fairgrounds from any effects of a potential Springfield casino and they say to also enhance public safety and traffic alerts along Memorial Avenue.

"I think it's a twofold issue that we can address with public safety, the transportation issue which we clog up the streets, being able to communicate to law enforcement on Memorial Avenue is very important. And to be able to compete against an $800 million behemoth over in Springfield," said President and CEO of ESE Gene Cassidy.

The amendment would also allow for a nine-story building, which Eastern States officials say brings their coliseum into compliance with town zoning laws.

Those who oppose the amendment have concerns over the electric signs taking away from the historical aspects of town.

Town councilors will hold another hearing this month.

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