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Jim Leydon                                                                                                                                   

Communications Director

Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno



August 21, 2013- Springfield, MA - Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy released today; The City of Springfield Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Partial Action Plan A. This document will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an initial action plan as well as satisfying a precondition to receiving CDBG-DR funds. The City of Springfield (City) must submit a comprehensive Action Plan that details its unmet needs and describes the proposed uses of CDBG-DR funds to address them.

As a result of the tumultuous weather experienced in 2011, which included multiple presidentially declared disasters, the City of Springfield is eligible for disaster relief under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. This appropriation was approved as a result of October 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and provides $16 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to be split among communities that experienced natural disasters in 2011 or 2012, or that experience natural disasters in 2013, which the President declared or declares to be Major Disasters.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated; “This document is the result of hard work by city officials, residents and business owners. It gives me great pride to submit this document to HUD as we continue to fight tooth and nail to go after every dime of recovery money we are eligible for.”      

"Immediately following the unprecedented weather in 2011, I made a pledge to secure the necessary federal resources to help the region recover from the destruction. While we have been successful in that effort, this action plan will allow the City of Springfield to seek even more assistance from HUD to complete the rebuilding process. I intend to work closely with Mayor Sarno to secure this important and much needed disaster relief," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

As previously announced, the City of Springfield was allocated $21,896,000 of CDBG-DR funds to assist the City’s recovery efforts. In preparation of receipt of these funds the City has undertaken the process of developing an action plan which included considerable input from other City departments and agencies, affected neighborhoods and stakeholder groups along with support from state and federal government partners.  The City held three public hearings to gather input on the plan:

  • July 10, 2013, JC Williams Center, 116 Florence St., Topic:   “Infrastructure”
  • July 11, 2013, Italian Cultural Center, 36 Margaret St., Topic: “Economic Revitalization”
  • July 17, 2013, JC Williams Center, 116 Florence St., Topic: “Housing”

The action plan highlights projects planned for the three effected tornado zones as identified in the Rebuild Springfield master plan. These priorities are also based upon the broad public planning process that took place in 2011 and 2012, which involved multiple public meetings and stakeholder conversations and included participation by over 3000 City residents and can be accessed at www.developspringfield.com:

District 1: Metro Center and South End:

  • Demolition of blighted properties
  • Paving of damaged side streets within the tornado zone
  • Purchase of the Mount Carmel School (to be used as the South End Middle School)
  • Assistance to small businesses
  • Housing repair, as is still needed
  • Possible roadway realignment and/or housing redevelopment, as is necessary for the new South End Community Center.

District 2: Six Corners, Old Hill, Upper Hill and Forest Park

  • Development of infill single-family homeownership opportunities
  • Demolition of blighted properties throughout the tornado-impacted neighborhoods
  • Realignment of Central Street to flow into Hickory Street, eliminating the poorly-designed intersection at Rifle and Allen Streets
  • Paving, sidewalks and streetscaping of Central Street from Pine Street to Walnut
  • Paving of damaged side streets within the tornado zone
  • Redesign of the Six Corners intersection, to improve safety and traffic flow
  • Retail improvement/redevelopment
  • Redevelopment of Hill Homes Apartments
  • Purchase by the City of the School Street School, to be used by Springfield Public Schools as the Parent Information Center
  • Assistance to small businesses
  • Housing repair, as is still needed.

District 3: East Forest Park and sixteen Acres

  • Refurbishment/redevelopment of Nathan Bill Park
  • Assistance to small businesses
  • Housing repair, as is still needed.

Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy Stated; “This action plan has been developed to continue the implementation our well thought out master plan. The Rebuild Springfield master plan was developed in an all-inclusive process that began back in 2011 and was never intended to sit on a shelf. The CBDG-DR funding will allow the City to substantially move forward in addressing the needs highlighted in Rebuild Springfield.”

A link to the draft Action Plan will be available on the City’s website at www.Springfieldcityhall.com




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