Springfield Set To Permit Food Trucks At Downtown Locations

May 14, 2017

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An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be resolved. 

The Springfield City Council is expected to give final approval Monday night to a food truck ordinance.

It would allow up to eight food trucks in designated spaces near Union Station and up to eight at Riverside Park. 

           City Councilor Marcus Williams, who helped write the ordinance, said food trucks will make downtown more appealing for office workers and visitors.

"When you look at a thriving city, you think of food trucks," said Williams.

The impasse over downtown food trucks started almost ten years ago when a hot dog vendor was repeatedly ticketed and fined for refusing to move from the parking spot he’d claimed in front of a restaurant.