SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -
It's not news that parking has always been tough in downtown Springfield, and recently, the problem has been greater than ever with lot shut downs for MGM Springfield construction
Drivers are fed up with the lack of space. Tuesday, Western Mass spoke with the Springfield Parking Authority, who told us they are working in conjunction with MGM to help drivers.
With MGM Springfield construction chugging along on their multi-million dollar casino project in the city's South End, residents are frustrated finding a decent place to park.
After several downtown parking areas were closed for MGM building use, parking is at a premium -- most specifically, court house parking.
"No court house parking right now, so everyone's going crazy trying to find just something," says Yesenia Valdez of Springfield.
That's the issue Springfield Parking Authority director Mary McNally is helping to resolve in conjunction with MGM.
After scheduling a major renovation project for the civic center, including positive reviews enabled them to use the roof top deck parking of the civic center, McNally hopes to provide hundreds more spots to drivers and tourists, but most of all to help evade court house parking problems.
"Now that I know our facilities have the capacity, we are re-engaging them in conversation and hoping that we can help with court house," McNally explained.
The parking authority saw a surge of parking needs back on March 1 directly following several lot shutdowns, but not so much on April 1.
Mcnally anticipates another surge on May 1 and assures everyone they are working to make these new spots available as quickly as possible. "I think it can accommodate people as well as just be a great outcome for everyone," she adds.
MGM Springfield is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.