FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 29, 2013
CONTACT: William Tranghese: (202) 225-8410 (Neal)
James Leydon: (413) 787-6100 (Sarno)
Matt Longhi: (413) 263-6800 (Smith-Bove')
NEAL, SARNO, AND SMITH-BOVE' TO HIGHLIGHT MAJOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STATE STREET CORRIDOR
$2million in federal and state assistance will upgrade the historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, and Springfield Museums President Holly Smith-Bove' will hold a press conference tomorrow to highlight the ongoing street renovations along the State Street Corridor. Construction has already begun on the $2 million road improvement project that will significantly upgrade Spring, Elliot and Edwards Streets in the historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood. In addition to newly paved streets, the comprehensive redevelopment plan will include improved landscaping, specialty lighting, new sidewalks and urban forestry.
The redevelopment of the 3.2 mile State Street Corridor has enhanced and preserved this vibrant commercial and educational district. More than $ 200 million in public and private funds have been invested in the historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood creating hundreds of jobs in the process. The $70 million United States Courthouse opened in 2008, and the $110 million state data center, which preserves the facade of Technical High School, will open this summer. An additional $20 million in refurbishments have been made to the infrastructure of State Street since the project began.
"The rebirth of State Street continues. For nearly a decade, the revitalization of that historic corridor has been one of the signature economic development projects in the City of Springfield. With the construction of the federal courthouse and the new state data center, more than $200 million dollars has been invested in the Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood. From St. Michael's Cemetery to the banks of the Connecticut River, the most important boulevard in Springfield has been completely transformed. And with the completion of the road improvements around the Quadrangle, this important downtown location will be restored to its original splendor," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
"This is a great moment for the Armory-Quadrangle Neighborhood. With the help and partnership of Congressman Richard E. Neal we have witnesses a transformation to one of the jewels that Springfield has to offer. When you look around this area and see the State Street reconstruction, the new federal courthouse, and new roads and sidewalks with the spin off projects of the State Street Data Center and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History; you can see what can be done when you have public and private leadership in place that respects and values our history as an important part of our future," said Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.
"The Springfield Museums are thrilled and honored to be a part of such a vibrant transformation of our neighborhood. It lends a huge boost to our efforts to bring national and international tourism dollars to the city. These visitors will be treated to a beautiful campus environment thanks to this project and the vision and leadership of Congressman Neal," said Holly Smith-Bove', President of the Springfield Museums.
Kevin E. Kennedy, Springfield's Chief Development Officer, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at tomorrow's event.