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Community Development Block Grants Awarded

MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO ANNOUCES RECIPIENTS OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AWARDS

October 28, 2009 – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today the recipients of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards at a press conference held at the Bing Arts Center on Sumner Avenue in Springfield.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated that “the City of Springfield is pleased to assist all of the non-profit organizations receiving CDBG awards this year and recognized the importance these organizations are to the City of Springfield.”  “The organizations assist residents throughout the City with services that the City cannot always provide,” added Sarno.

The Bing Arts Center, a non-profit community arts and education center, has been created by the “X” Main Street Corporation to serve as a catalyst for cultural and economic development.   “The Bing project is intended to increase arts accessibility for the Forest Park neighborhood and the City of Springfield,” stated Brian F. Hale, Vice President of The “X” Main Street Corporation.  “The Bing Arts Center will provide the community with a venue for creative professionals, amateurs, and art consumers fostering economic activity and encouraging business growth,” added Hale.

Steve McCafferty of the Children’s Study Home stated “The Children’s Study Home is thrilled to receive CDBG funding to help us open our new family center in Mason Square.”  “This center will provide opportunities and support to families in our community which would not be possible without this great resource from the City of Springfield,” added McCafferty.

“This grant of CDBG funds means so much to The Gray House,” stated Dena A. Calvanese.  “Our facility is over 100 years old and is always in need of some costly repair,” said Calvanese.  “This award will allow us to renovate our kitchen and pantry area to make our facility more safe and efficient and that is a wonderful gift,” added Calvanese.

Jose Claudio, Director of Community Development and Public Relations for the New North Citizens Council stated “We would like to thank Mayor Sarno and his staff at the City’s Community Development Office for helping our community in the North End move forward in our beautification program and youth programs.”  “With all that is going on and with the peer pressure the youth are going through, it is a good thing that they can come to a safe haven place to relax and get the tools that they need to succeed in life,” stated Claudio.

“The CDBG funding from the City of Springfield will mean a safer and more comfortable work space for our staff and the many community residents who come into our building for services,” stated Anne Awad of Caring Health Center, Inc.  “We appreciate Mayor Sarno and his staff recognizing our need – Thank you, Springfield!” added Awad.

Garrett J. McCarthy, Executive Director of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club stated “this CDBG funding will allow us to address three facility issues that we have been putting off far to long due to this tough fiscal climate.”

Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.  The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to local and state governments.       The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.  It is designed to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. 

CDBG Award Details

Agency Project and Location
Project Description
 Final Award
Caring Health Center HVAC Improvements to Main Street Clinic Facility-1040 Main Street Major HVAC upgrades and energy management improvements to the Main Street Clinic facility  $ 50,000.00
Greater New Life Christian Center of Spfld., Inc Greater New Life Renovations - 1323 Worcester Street Installation of a handicap ramp and 2 bathrooms, upgrade to current heating system   $ 45,000.00
New North Housing Initiative New North  Community Center - North End Neighborhoods -   2594 Main Street  Upgrades to:  HVAC system, electrical and roof replacement.  Build out of unimproved portion of property   $100,000.00
Pine Point Community Council Pine Point Senior Center Renovations - 335 Berkshire Avenue Entrance to be re-designed to be be ADA accessible.   The heating / cooling system and the interior/exterior lighting will be  replaced to be more energy efficient.  Replacing of HVAC unit   $ 50,000.00
Spfld Boys & Girls Club Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Inc.  Rehabilitation Project - 481 Carew Street  Renovations to pools & lavatories.  Repair of Domestic Hot Water system, painting to Boys & Girls locker room and activity room   $ 30,000.00
Spfld Girls Club Family Center Going Green at the Springfield Girls Club Family Center - 100 Acorn Street Replacement of 31 deteriorated wood windows with energy-efficient vinyl or aluminum clad windows.  Refinishing of gymnasium floors, replacement of wood bleachers with lighter-weight plastic bleachers.  $ 50,000.00
SNHS Handicap  Lift Project - 111 Wilbraham Road  Installation of electrical vertical platform elevator  $ 7,500.00
Spfld Partners for Community Action  Rehab of 721 State Street  Rehabilitation of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning units   $ 50,000.00
Square One Renovations for Main Street Early Education and Care Center - 947 Main Street  Replacement of roof.  Repair and restoration of the leaking façade.  $ 50,000.00
Children's Study Home Children's Study Home Family Center - 30 Sherman Street  Renovation of existing building to a fully accessible Family Center with ADA bathrooms and doors, interior renovations, and handicapped parking   $ 50,000.00
The Gray House Kitchen, Pantry & Roof Renovations - 22 Sheldon Street  Renovation of the kitchen, food pantry and laundry room.  Roof repaired in the handicap accessible entrance.  Installation of  energy-efficient lighting in kitchen and 3 classroom areas   $ 50,000.00
The X Main Street Corp Bing  Arts Center Renovation Project - 716 Sumner Avenue  Construction/rehabilitation of interior.  Glass in front windows, ceiling repaired and painted, partitions in men and women's restroom.  Sheetrock will be installed in rear emergency entrance and roof will be replaced   $ 75,000.00
Western Mass Development Collaborative  Metro Center - State Street Corridor -  281 State Street  Acquisition Cost for 281 State Street   $ 50,000.00

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