A large arts and music festival may be coming to the town of Springfield.
At the Springfield Community Center on Wednesday night, an executive with Madison Square Garden Entertainment will discuss plans to develop the festival in the town.
Mikyl Cordova, a spokeswoman for MSG Entertainment, said Friday that Don Simpson, a senior vice president, will present plans and answer questions.
``We're at a very, very preliminary stage right now and we'd like to hear what people have to say,'' she said.
Dan Rosen, Springfield town councilman, said he has been told that MSG's proposal is to acquire about 1,000 acres of land off U.S. Route 20 in East Springfield and host an annual three-day concert there.
``They're talking about bringing in about 75,000 people,'' he said.
The number is comparable to the crowd that visited Cooperstown last year when "Ironman" Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Springfield officials also are sorting through proposals to build a motorcycle track and a large youth baseball camp in the town, Rosen said. Taken together, the projects have the potential to alter the character of the rural town, he said.
``I'd say the town is divided on the music festival,'' Rosen said. ``Some think it's a great opportunity; others worry about where it will lead and what it will do to the quality of life here.''
To address concerns about the projects, the town board has been considering a nine-month moratorium on large developments, he said.
The moratorium would allow the town to complete a comprehensive long-range plan, then judge individual projects by how well they fit in with where Springfield wants to go, he said.
``I can tell you I will introduce a motion to have the town board vote on the moratorium at our June 9 meeting,'' Rosen said.
Cordova, who has a home in Sullivan County, said MSG Entertainment executives want to work closely with town residents and officials, so the project benefits local residents as well as visitors.
``The only way something like that will work is when people want it and work together on it,'' she said.