PRESS RELEASE, CONTACT: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
DEVELOPER SOUGHT FOR TORNADO DAMAGED ELIAS BROOKINGS SCHOOL
July 14, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The City of Springfield released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a developer for the former Elias Brookings School building located on Hancock Street in the Six Corners neighborhood.
“We’re very excited about the potential of this property and bringing new life back to a former school building”, said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. “There has been significant interest in this opportunity, and we expect that will translate into strong competition for the property.”
The former Elias Brookings School site is an important part of the overall revitalization of the Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods. The former Brookings School building is located in the midst of significant infrastructure investments planned for the next two years which include roadway improvements, upgraded streetscapes and lighting, a new middle school, a renovated park, and new single family homes along Central Street. The City has already committed $13M in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds (CDBG-DR) in to fund several projects in the neighborhood.
Construction of the new Elias Brookings School has already begun and the school is scheduled to open in 2015. Further, infrastructure improvement projects such as the realignment of Central Street and installation of streetscape improvements are anticipated to begin in the next construction season.
The RFP is available in the Office of Procurement, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street Room 307 or on-line: http://www.springfield-ma.gov/finance/procurement/bid_detail.php?bid=201415-010
Proposals are due on September 12, 2014 by 2:00 p.m.