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New England News
12:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Renovations Set For Downtown Housing Complex

A $6 million renovation is planned at the former Morgan Square Apartments in downtown Springfield, MA as city officials encourage development of more market-rate housing
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A large apartment complex in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts was sold this summer to a New York City-based developer. A renovation plan will be announced this week.  City officials say addressing the dearth of market-rate housing is a key to revitalizing downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

City Tax Breaks Encourage Small Business Growth

Standing in front of the Freedom Credit Union headquarters on Main Street in Springfield are ( l to r) CEO Barry Crosby, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy
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A financial institution with roots in Springfield, Massachusetts that go back almost a century is planning to expand its headquarters in the downtown area.  Springfield economic development officials say they are concentrating on this type of small business growth as the fate of a casino that promises to bring thousands of jobs to the city is in the hands of state voters.

             Freedom Credit Union has announced a $2.2 million expansion of its Main Street headquarters, a project that when completed will bring more than 50 jobs to downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

City Councilor Warns Crime Battle Is Being Lost

Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke

In a city where public safety consistently ranks as the top issue in public opinion polls, a veteran Springfield city councilor caused a buzz this week when he suggested people had become complacent about violence.

In an op-ed published on MassLive.com, Springfield City Councilor-at-large Tim Rooke called on the “silent majority” to speak up and help dismantle the violent drug gangs that he said are causing families to move out of Springfield and hurting businesses.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Study Focuses On Area Impacted By Gas Explosion

A study suggests this building, which was heavily damaged by a gas explosion in 2012 could be redeveloped as a catalyst for a Springfield innovation district.
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A study released today envisions transforming an area of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts that was rocked by a natural gas explosion two years ago into an incubator for the innovation economy.

     The study suggests a combination of improvements to public parks, sidewalks and streets in concert with investments by private building owners would be needed to transform the roughly three- block area impacted by the November 2012 explosion into an area attractive to entrepreneurs.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

With Federal Highway Funding In Place, For Now, I-91 Project Moves Ahead

The I-91 viaduct, or elevated highway, in downtown Springfield, MA will be rehabilitated in what is expected to be a three-year $260 million project
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Congress last week, before going on a five-week recess, approved a short-term bill to pay for highway and transit projects.  The temporary funding means the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will seek bids later this month for the rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaduct, or elevated highway, which runs through downtown Springfield.  The project is expected to cost $260 million and take three construction seasons to complete.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill got an update on the project today from MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePoala

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield Unity Festival To Celebrate Diversity Through Song

Organizers of the Springfield Unity Festival announce details of the event in front of Symphony Hall. The co-founder York Mayo is at the microphone
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Plans were announced today for a unity festival this fall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organizers hope to bring together people from throughout western Massachusetts to highlight the region’s cultural, religious, racial, and age diversity. 

The theme of the festival, scheduled for mid-October, is the promotion of social integration through song.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Funding Announced For Affordable Housing Projects In Massachusetts

Newly renovated apartment buildings in Springfield, MA that are part of a $75 five-year project involving 23 buildings with more than 300 apartments. The project is in the Outing Park Historic District
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced nearly $84 million in funding for 24 affordable housing projects across the state. New housing in western Massachusetts includes projects in Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Williamstown, and Pittsfield.

Governor Patrick said the newly funded projects will create more than 1,300 apartments and over 2,000 construction jobs.  It is part of an economic development strategy that has seen his administration commit more than $1 billion to the creation of affordable housing in the last seven-and-a-half years.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Massachusetts Law Targets Gas Leak Danger

A dog searches the rubble of a building destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Springfield, MA on Nov. 23, 2012
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A new law in Massachusetts sets a uniform standard for rating the severity of natural gas leaks and sets a timetable for making repairs.  Governor Deval Patrick publicized the new law at a ceremonial bill signing today in Springfield -- a city still scarred from a natural gas explosion two years ago.

The bill establishes natural gas leak classification standards. It requires the gas companies to repair the most dangerous leaks immediately and produce plans for the timely replacement of aging pipelines.  Repairs must be prioritized if the leak is detected in a school zone.

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New England News
12:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Insurance Giant Creates Investment Fund To Support Springfield Entrepreneurs

One of the oldest and largest businesses in western Massachusetts has launched an initiative to help small start-up companies.  MassMutual has announced the creation of the Springfield Venture Fund. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the state’s third largest city.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of  Community Responsibility at MassMutual.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New TV Studios For Springfield Public Access Programmers

Public access television—famously skewered on Saturday Night Live and elsewhere—is no joke in one western Massachusetts community.

When the newly formed Focus Springfield Community Television officially unveiled a brand new $1 million state-of-the-art programming facility on the ground floor of one of the city’s most historic buildings, dozens of local dignitaries took part in the grand opening.

The region’s Congressman and the city’s mayor helped cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the 7,000- square foot center from which three public access channels originate.

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