Mayor Sarno, after meeting with (and walking with) over 35 neighborhood councils, groups and agencies to hear directly from them what their respective neighborhoods need to help enhance the quality of life, created the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund (NERF) utilizing $12 million in city American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
Mayor Sarno and city officials met with the East Springfield Neighborhood Council and walked along Page Blvd to discuss with the neighborhood council the projects they wanted to see done. The East Springfield Neighborhood Council submitted their application through the Sarno Administration’s ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund. The project was approved and is being funded through the NERF and/or Community Development Block Grant, CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funds. The project will be carried out by the City of Springfield in partnership between the Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery, Department of Public Works, and the Forestry Division.
Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to first thank Kathy Brown and the East Springfield Neighborhood Council for their continued belief, investment and efforts on behalf of the neighborhood. Neighborhood councilors are our important extra pair of eyes and ears. I also want to thank City Councilors Sean Curran and Michael Fenton for their leadership working with my administration on behalf of our residents and businesses, especially in East Springfield. My administration, through our citywide neighborhood listening tour and the citywide neighborhood walks with our neighborhood councils, continues to support and promote enhancing the quality of life and infrastructure across our city. Projects such as this is made possible thanks to the dedicated efforts from my dedicated city team, including CDO Tim Sheehan, Director of Disaster Recovery Tina Quagliato Sullivan, DPW Director Chris Cignoli, DPW Civil Engineer Vladimir Caceres, Parks Building and Recreation Management Director Patrick Sullivan, and City Forester Alex Sherman. I am proud of my administrations continued efforts in enhancing and improving roadway and pedestrian projects across our city.”
Construction has already begun on Page Blvd and is anticipated to continue through Spring 2023.