Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded the City of Springfield’s 2020 Community Mitigation Fund Specific Impact Grant application of $300,000 for capital improvements at City Stage.
Together with the Springfield Parking Authority, the City applied for the Impact Grant to obtain funds to perform capital work at City Stage, in order to build out certain portions of the unit as part of FOCUS Springfield’s long-term lease at the facility. The funds are crucial for the redevelopment of the existing space into television studios and supporting office space, and will greatly assist in the reactivation of City Stage.
Mayor Sarno stated, “My administration has been committed to revitalizing our arts and culture venues throughout our city. This Mass Gaming Commission Mitigation grant will play a pivotal role in reinvigorating our arts and cultural component at City Stage. With Focus Springfield as new tenants for City Stage and other possible capital and facility improvements to be made, City Stage will once again serve as an important multi-use cultural and entertainment venue that will complement our overall downtown image.”
Interim Executive Director for the Springfield Parking Authority Attorney Thomas D. Moore added, “The Springfield Parking Authority is excited to be moving forward with this important project, and we are extremely grateful to the City, Mayor Sarno, and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for their support, leadership, and vision for continued economic development in Springfield.”