FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
SPRINGFIELD SEEKS FUNDING FOR THE FEASIBILTY OF A NEW EAST FOREST PARK LIBRARY
March 3, 2014 - Springfield, MA - The City of Springfield (City) is applying for a competitive grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to conduct a feasibility study to ascertain the possibility of building a new Library in the East Forest Park Neighborhood. The cost of the study will total $79,000 and the City is seeking the balance of $50,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “After the devastating tornado I promised to take a hard look a stand-a-lone library in East Forest Park. I would like to thank the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in advance for their review and consideration of our application. A successful outcome is an important step in allowing the City to assess the feasibility of a new facility in the East Forest Park Neighborhood.”
Prior to submission the City must provide a match, in this case $29,000, as well as a 2/3 vote authorizing the application, acceptance and expenditure of Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant funds. This matter is on the council agenda for Monday, March 03, 2014
Ward 7 City Councilor Tim Allen stated “The construction of a new Library to serve the residents of East Forest Park was a priority 1 project under the Develop Springfield Tornado Recovery Plan. It is great that we are at the point of taking a serious look at this.”
The study will put the City on a list to be considered for the next round of library improvement grants that could come with a 50 percent match.
On the City committing money for this study, East Forest Park resident and former City Councilor William Foley stated, “Taking this first step is a dream come true for people in the neighborhood. Hopefully this project can move forward as quickly as possible.”