A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts is 100 years old. Anniversary festivities are taking place this weekend
A holiday lighting ceremony, concerts, tours and displays of old photographs and memorabilia will mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the civic landmarks collectively known as the Municipal Group. It consists of two Greek Revival-style buildings made of limestone and marble that house Springfield City Hall and Symphony Hall. Between the two is a 300-foot Italian Campanile clock tower.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced funding today for a massive transportation project in western Massachusetts.
Governor Deval Patrick announced $200 million will be spent to replace deteriorating concrete decks on the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield while simultaneously studying the possibility of depressing a portion of the highway to street level or below.
Patrick announced the project during a speech at a lunch hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.
A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed. But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved the creation of a cultural district in Springfield. Advocates for the district believe it will help rebrand downtown Springfield.
The cultural district designation will help promote attractions such as the Springfield Museums and Symphony Hall and encourage the growth of art and music festivals and the so-called creative economy. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said there are huge benefits to having an official state-recognized cultural district in the heart of the city.
A decision on whether MGM Resorts International is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts is expected to be made by gaming industry regulators in the next two months. Passing the mandatory background investigation in Massachusetts is proving to be no easy feat.
When casino industry giant Caesars Entertainment, which has stakes in more than 50 casino operations in the United States and seven countries, was abruptly dropped two weeks ago as the operator of a proposed Boston casino, it rang alarm bells in Springfield.
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat street crime in a high poverty neighborhood.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday announced the focus of the grant will be on the city’s South End neighborhood, which has been the target of urban renewal efforts for decades and was the subject of a 2008 federal study on concentrated poverty in America.
The University of Massachusetts is poised to establish a first-ever satellite campus. It would be located in downtown Springfield. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has lobbied for several years to get a UMass campus in the city. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke earlier this week with the Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, Henry Thomas, who is Springfield resident.
Years before a casino might open in downtown Springfield Massachusetts construction on new hotels is beginning. The people who sell the city as a tourist destination say it is a positive development.
A new 100 -room hotel is expected to open in downtown Springfield by the end of this year, and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled next week for a new six- story hotel that will also have nearly 100 guest rooms when it opens in about a year.