Electronic signs will soon be seen in front of the Eastern States Exposition.
West Springfield's town council approved the Memorial Corridor Overlay district Monday night during a special meeting.
The purpose of the district is to mitigate the effects of MGM Springfield by restricting pawn shops, hourly hotels and bail bond establishments. The district will also promote the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Approving the district also came with approving three electronic signs at 50, 75 and 100 square feet that will display Amber Alerts, traffic control messages and promote events at ESE.
"By and large this is a very positive step for the town. It will improve safety, it helps us be more contemporary, and I think also, as you heard from the councils discussion, it will also invigorate the town to work toward updating what are really antiquated sign rules that presently exist," Eastern States Exposition's Gene Cassidy said.
The new zoning ordinance will include the Agawam town line to the southeast, the Westfield River to the west and south, as well as Park Street and Park Avenue to the north.
The signs will be in use from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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