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New England News
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tornado Scars Remain Three Years Later

Cathedral High School, the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts remains closed because of the damage caused by the June 1, 2011 tornado. Classes were moved to suburban Wilbraham
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People in Springfield, Massachusetts reflected Sunday on the third anniversary of the tornado that left a major scar on the city.   While officials say they are proud of the recovery process, they acknowledge more work is ahead. 

New homes are under construction in the low-income Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood in keeping with a master plan painstakingly put together in the months after the June 1, 2011 tornado. A new elementary school is under construction to replace one destroyed by the storm. Thousands of new trees have been planted.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Houses Going Up In Neighborhood Slammed By 2011 Tornado

New houses under construction on Central St. in Springfield, MA in a neighborhood devastated by the June 1, 2011 tornado
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Sunday marks the third anniversary of the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in a half-century, an EF-3 rated tornado that killed three people, injured dozens more, and damaged or destroyed 2,000 buildings between Springfield and Sturbridge.  Rebuilding in the city of Springfield has been aided by about $100 million in federal and state funds.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Nonprofit Organization Sets 10-year Plan To Revitalize Neighborhood

Members of the staff and board of Rebuilding Together Springfield
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Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that works to preserve affordable housing, has announced a multi-year effort in Springfield, Massachusetts to repair hundreds of homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in America.   The work in the Old Hill Neighborhood started with the successful rehab of 25 homes on a single day last year.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rebuilding Together Springfield Executive Director Colleen Loveless.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Worker-owned Upholstery Shop Brings Jobs To Poor Neighborhood

Alex Guevara of Springfield works to upholster the back of a restaurant booth at the Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative.
Credit WAMC

A community partnership is promoting an old business model – the worker- owned cooperative – as a way to revitalize the poorest neighborhoods of Springfield, Massachusetts.

An upholstery shop on the third floor of a century old factory building in Springfield’s South End neighborhood is the first business venture launched by the Wellspring collaborative.  Formed in 2011 it is a unique partnership of large local employers such as hospitals and universities, community groups, labor organizations, nonprofits and government agencies.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Chinese Rail Car Maker Builds Support For Possible Springfield Factory

CNR-CRC President Lu Xiwei is flanked by Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy ( at right) and Putnam Vocational Technical High School Principal Gilbert Traverso. The school would be part of a program to train workers for the rail car factory Lu's company is considering building in Springfield
Credit WAMC

Top executives from a Chinese rail car company who are considering building a $30 million factory in Springfield, Massachusetts got a look today at where their future employees might come from.  Springfield Public School officials and workforce development specialists have proposed a program to train workers to meet the company’s needs.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Springfield Gets OK To Spend $13M On Tornado Recovery

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toured the tornado-damaged Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood shortly after the June 1,2011 storm
Credit WAMC

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have approved plans by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to spend $13 million on redeveloping an impoverished area of the city damaged by June 1,2011 tornado. 

Damaged and blighted buildings will be torn down, streets and sidewalks repaved, new houses built, a park and other public properties improved in Maple High-Six Corners, a low income neighborhood still struggling to recover from the historic 2011 storm.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Plan Unveiled For Spending Disaster Recovery Funds

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have produced a plan for spending millions of dollars in federal disaster recovery funds.  It is the latest step in a long road to recovery from the June 1st,2011 tornado.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno outlined at a city hall news conference Wednesday what he called an action plan for spending more than $13 million to build new housing, repair streets and sidewalks, remove blight, construct a new school and refurbish a park in neighborhoods devastated by the worst tornado Massachusetts has experienced in a half-century.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Volunteers To Repair Houses In Poor Neighborhood

Credit WAMC

A massive housing renovation project will take place this Saturday in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  A thousand volunteers will pack two contiguous streets  in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and do major repair  work on more than two dozen homes..

   Carol Granado is excited about the work planned on her home at 163 Tyler Street that will include a new roof, exterior painting, new bathroom plumbing and three new windows.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery

The tornado damaged South End Community Center in Springfield on June 2,2011. The city hopes to rebuild the community center at a different location in the same neigborhood
Credit WAMC

The  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to the city of Springfield Massachusetts to help it recover from the June 2011 tornado. 

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the money will fund specific projects detailed in the tornado recovery master plan the city produced last year.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

City Hall Protest Demands More Housing For The Poor

This apartment house in Springfield MA damaged by the June 1 2011 tornado was later demolished
WAMC

Anti poverty activists want more housing for the poor in Springfield Massachusetts. The comprehensive master plan for rebuilding from the tornado does not call for more affordable housing to be built.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..

 

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