MGM Resorts, Penn National clarify casin...
 
2:20
Robert Rizzuto: 
Hello everybody. I'm here at City Stage in downtown Springfield awaiting the presentations from Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International.
The 2 companies are supposed to be revealing their respective plans for traffic and entertainment, so it should be an interesting one.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:20 Robert Rizzuto
2:21
Robert Rizzuto: 
Hang tight and we should be starting shortly.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:21 Robert Rizzuto
2:30
Robert Rizzuto: 
People are still filing into City Stage and there is a solid crowd, considering this is in the middle of a work day.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:30 Robert Rizzuto
2:33
Mayor Domenic Sarno kicks off the casino presentations at City Stage. pic.twitter.com/8QdOMeMLYd
Monday March 11, 2013 2:33 RRizzuto413
2:34
Robert Rizzuto: 
It looks like MGM will start the presentation and they get 15 minutes to discuss traffic before passing the baton to Penn National.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:34 Robert Rizzuto
2:37
In the lobby of City Stage, a look at MGM's artist renderings. pic.twitter.com/0T2u73Dxjq
Monday March 11, 2013 2:37 RRizzuto413
2:38
Robert Rizzuto: 
Jim Murren of MGM: Whoever the city chooses had to bring the best traffic plan, the most people to the city.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:38 Robert Rizzuto
2:40
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM's CFO says his company is reflecting on the city's "great days," such as the era when Springfield drew acts like the Grateful Dead, while crafting their proposal for the future.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:40 Robert Rizzuto
2:42
Graph showing MGM's casino traffic forecast. pic.twitter.com/IJcfVLB95u
Monday March 11, 2013 2:42 RRizzuto413
2:42
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM's development officer is kicking-off the traffic plan breakdown.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:42 Robert Rizzuto
2:44
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM would have traffic exit its facility in 3 spots: Union,Howard and State streets.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:44 Robert Rizzuto
2:45
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM's traffic plan shows consideration for bicycles and pedestrians, including alink to the riverfront.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:45 Robert Rizzuto
2:45
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM says it also plans to kick off a trolley service and work with PVTA to link transportation hubs with casino.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:45 Robert Rizzuto
2:47
Robert Rizzuto: 
There seems to be a technical glitch with MGM's presentation.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:47 Robert Rizzuto
2:47
Robert Rizzuto: 
OK, it seems things are back on track.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:47 Robert Rizzuto
2:48
Robert Rizzuto: 
They are explaining their plans to monitor traffic on I-91 south with that info being transmitted to the lights at the intersection of Columbus and Union, mitigating potential traffic back-ups.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:48 Robert Rizzuto
2:50
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM pans to widen the lanes of several streets around the casino and re-line several others to re-design traffic in and out of the area around their property.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:50 Robert Rizzuto
2:51
Robert Rizzuto: 
A full breakdown of MGM and Penn National's traffic plans will be posted below this module momentarily, courtesy of The Republican's Greg Saulmon. I'll let you know when to refresh your window/tab.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:51 Robert Rizzuto
2:53
Robert Rizzuto: 
Penn National takes the stage and thanks its community partners. Among them are Peter Picknelly, Peter Pan Bus CEO and Herbie Flores of the New England Farm Workers Council.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:53 Robert Rizzuto
2:54
Robert Rizzuto: 
Yesterday, Penn National released new drawings of its casino proposal. Those can be seen here: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/penn_national_releases_new_ren.html
Monday March 11, 2013 2:54 Robert Rizzuto
2:55
Monday March 11, 2013 2:55 RRizzuto413
2:56
Robert Rizzuto: 
With Penn national's new artist renderings, they have focused much more on showing the ground level of their proposals.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:56 Robert Rizzuto
2:56
Robert Rizzuto: 
It looks like there are a number of outside patios and their riverfront development includes developing and maintaining a park behind the casino.
Monday March 11, 2013 2:56 Robert Rizzuto
2:57
New Penn National Gaming drawing showing outside cafes pic.twitter.com/RbAsXg82wL
Monday March 11, 2013 2:57 RRizzuto413
2:58
Robert Rizzuto: 
Penn National says most of its traffic will be coming from i-91 and 291
Monday March 11, 2013 2:58 Robert Rizzuto
3:02
Robert Rizzuto: 
Penn National's driving simulator shows people taking 291 to Dwight and Congress to get to Main Street, which would be renamed "Hollywood Boulevard."
Monday March 11, 2013 3:02 Robert Rizzuto
3:04
Robert Rizzuto: 
Ok folks, refresh the tab or window that this chat is in so you can see the interactive Google Map showing traffic proposals from both companies. It was created by The Republican's Greg Saulmon.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:04 Robert Rizzuto
3:05
Robert Rizzuto: 
Penn National: Union Station poses unique opportunity for our casino and the city.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:05 Robert Rizzuto
3:05
Robert Rizzuto: 
Note that Penn National has removed its proposed sky bridges to link Union Station to its casino amid concerns that pedestrian traffic was being funneled away from the rest of the city.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:05 Robert Rizzuto
3:07
Penn National says Main Street would be themed, well-lit and safe. pic.twitter.com/Ra4K2CB5SA
Monday March 11, 2013 3:07 RRizzuto413
3:08
Robert Rizzuto: 
That concludes the traffic plan proposals but check the city's casino information website now and MassLive.com later for further details.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:08 Robert Rizzuto
3:08
Robert Rizzuto: 
http://www3.springfield-ma.gov/planning/casino.html
Monday March 11, 2013 3:08 Robert Rizzuto
3:08
Robert Rizzuto: 
And on to the entertainment presentations.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:08 Robert Rizzuto
3:10
Robert Rizzuto: 
I take that back, it seems the panel will now question the casinos about their traffic mitigation presentations. Sorry about that :)
Monday March 11, 2013 3:10 Robert Rizzuto
3:11
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM says that Friday rush hour coming into the city as others are leaving will include employees and gamblers, and not disrupt outbound traffic.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:11 Robert Rizzuto
3:14
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM asked about buses coming into site and where they would go, show graphic with them flowing from I-91 onto Union Street into separate area for buses in trucks.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:14 Robert Rizzuto
3:14
Robert Rizzuto: 
To exit, company says they come off Union Street and make their way back to 91 from Columbus Ave.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:14 Robert Rizzuto
3:15
Robert Rizzuto: 
Panel asks about pedestrian traffic on Main Street from State Street area where the courthouse is, and company says it has looked at the issue at length.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:15 Robert Rizzuto
3:16
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM is proposing pedestrian refuge island allowing them to cross one side of the street at a time.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:16 Robert Rizzuto
3:17
Robert Rizzuto: 
Some street parking on State Street by the courthouse would need to go, MGM says.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:17 Robert Rizzuto
3:18
Robert Rizzuto: 
MGM says it's trolley system would work in conjunction with transportation hubs, such as Union Station.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:18 Robert Rizzuto
3:19
Robert Rizzuto: 
Panel says it is concerned about MGM's proposal to allow free parking for downtown, as it may "hurt Springfield parking Authority."
Monday March 11, 2013 3:19 Robert Rizzuto
3:20
Robert Rizzuto: 
Bill Hornbuckle of MGM says potential losses from parking fees would be offset by other revenue streams from the casino.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:20 Robert Rizzuto
3:21
Robert Rizzuto: 
Any thoughts or questions from the readers out there? Feel free to type them below and I'll do my best to publish/answer them.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:21 Robert Rizzuto
3:22
Robert Rizzuto: 
Penn National, in its first question from the panel, says it will be one of the city parking authority's best customers.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:22 Robert Rizzuto
3:23
Robert Rizzuto: 
Both companies say there will be ample parking during development and construction of their respective casinos.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:23 Robert Rizzuto
3:24
The proposed new offices of The Republican and MassLive in Tower Square courtesy of Penn National Gaming. pic.twitter.com/qgGNRZDYnZ
Monday March 11, 2013 3:24 RRizzuto413
3:26
Robert Rizzuto: 
Panel: What I'm hearing is that neither project thinks there will be any traffic mitigation improvements needed outside of the city of Springfield?
Monday March 11, 2013 3:26 Robert Rizzuto
3:27
Robert Rizzuto: 
Both companies concur with the assertion, as their traffic plans involve little to no changes outside the area immediately around the respective sites.
Monday March 11, 2013 3:27 Robert Rizzuto
3:28
Robert Rizzuto: 
Neither casino company seems eager to touch the looming I-91 debacle, as the state says it will need a $400 million makeover in the coming years- http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/massachusetts_transportation_c.html
Monday March 11, 2013 3:28 Robert Rizzuto
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