Diana is urging Richard Davey, Secretary of MassDOT, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to reconsider the recent proposal to move the Lawrence RMV branch from its current location on Route 114 in South Lawrence to Downtown Lawrence.
Diana, who represents the Lawrence neighborhood in which the current RMV resides, says she was not included in any discussions regarding the proposed move of the state agency. In her capacity, Diana said it is her responsibility to speak up on behalf of constituents who have not had a seat at the table on this matter.
“In recent weeks, countless residents from across my district have contacted me to express their concerns about this proposed move,” said Diana, who represents portions of North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill in the Legislature. “On a matter of this nature, which will affect residents from across my district, and throughout the Merrimack Valley, it is critical that we work together to ensure their concerns are heard loud and clear.”
From an economic perspective, the Representative argues, it could prove counterproductive to relocate the RMV branch.
“The RMV has proven critical to the economic vitality of businesses along Route 114,” said Diana. “The proposed relocation also does not take into consideration what would happen at the current site. It could create severe blight that would be detrimental to future economic development, hurting surrounding businesses located along the 114 corridor.”
Additionally, Diana says the RMV relocation makes little sense when it comes to convenience for Merrimack Valley residents.
“RMV customers want free, convenient, ample parking, which the current site affords and the downtown area does not offer,” said Diana. “If other nearby RMV locations have easier, more affordable access, my constituents tell me that they will likely pay their visits elsewhere.”
Diana has requested that immediate attention be given to this issue and that the Secretary meet with her and other local legislators from the region whose constituents the move would impact.