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Mayor Sarno and Officials Join with Home City Development for Groundbreaking Ceremony for Gemini Townhomes

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Housing Director Gerry McCafferty and city officials joined with Home City Development Executive Director Thomas Kegelman, Project Manager Jasper McCoy, and Board member Malissa Naylor for a special groundbreaking ceremony for the Gemini Townhomes project in the South End neighborhood. State Senator Adam Gomez, State Representatives Carlos Gonzalez, Bud Williams and Orlando Ramos, City Council President Jesse Lederman, Councilor Melvin Edwards, New Valley Bank President and CEO Jeff Sullivan, Henry General Contractors President Brian Henry, South End Citizens Council President Leo Florian, and officials from MassHousing were also in attendance.

The property is located in the South End neighborhood, and was formerly the home of a 100,000 square feet textile mill (owned by the Gemini Corporation) that was destroyed by a fire in 2003.   The site consists of fifteen (15) distinct vacant parcels with a total area of approximately 96,351 square feet.  The $23 million workforce housing development project is funded by MassHousing, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Mass Saves, Mass Clean Energy Center, and the City of Springfield, and will be marketed to first-time homebuyers.  

Mayor Sarno states, “In 2021, CDO Tim Sheehan and I put the Gemini site out for an RFP for potential developers to come back to us with an innovative economic and housing development plan that would provide much-needed housing unit while also being conducive to our South End neighborhood.  I am pleased to announce that Home City Development has once again put forth a very positive, feasible and sustainable development plan.  I also want to thank the Healey-Driscoll Administration, especially Crystal Kournegay, Executive Director for MassHousing, for their continued belief and investment in this important anchor project in our neighborhood.  Once completed, this project will provide 40 units of affordable homeownership housing in our South End.  Through homeownership, families can begin to build generational wealth for their families and have a place they can proudly call home.”   

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