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Mayor Sarno and CDO Sheehan invite feedback from the North End, South End and Metro Center Neighborhoods on Neighborhood Investment Plans

– Complete the Survey Online or Attend a Community Workshop! –

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer (CDO) Timothy Sheehan invite all residents, business owners, community organizations and stakeholders in the North End, Metro Center and the South End neighborhoods to join the City, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and Way Finders to work with graduate students from the UMASS landscape architecture and regional planning program to prioritize investments and/or projects for inclusion in the 10 Year Neighborhood Investment Plans that are currently underway.

Residents are encouraged to attend one of the following events; dinner will be provided:

  • North End – April 16, 6-8PM at the “Pool House” 310 Plainfield Street
  • South End – April 18, 6-8PM at the South End Citizens Council offices, 510 Main Street
  • Metro Center – April 17, 6-8PM at the South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street

Mayor Sarno is also encouraging residents of these neighborhoods to complete the online survey which is available in both English and Spanish:

Members of the Neighborhood Investment Planning team will also have a presence at upcoming community events to encourage and engage residents to complete the survey.

The City of Springfield is developing Neighborhood Investment Plans for 11 of its 17 neighborhoods. The focus of this work is to restabilize the neighborhoods that were disproportionately negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The City is using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support this project, which will continue through the end of 2024.

Information regarding the Neighborhood Planning Program and full neighborhood plans are available online utilizing this link: Springfield Neighborhood Plans | PVPC

Questions regarding the Neighborhood Planning Program may be directed to Catherine Ratte at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission by email or to the City of Springfield by emailing Ed Whitley at or Tina Quagliato Sullivan at

Mayor Sarno states, “CDO Tim Sheehan and I want to encourage the residents of our North End, Metro Center and the South End neighborhoods to attend a community meeting and respond to the survey.  These important community outreach sessions continue my administration’s commitment to all our neighborhoods. Our investment in neighborhood projects is a direct response from my community and neighborhood council meetings in which my dedicated ARPA team and I met with over 30 neighborhood councils and organizations to hear their ideas on how we can best utilize our city’s allocation of Covid-relief funding to benefit and enhance our neighborhoods. Here we seek community input, which plays an intricate role in my administration’s long-term investment plans when reviewing economic development opportunities that are conducive to the neighborhoods and just as important, also enhance the quality of life for our residents and businesses, including exploring all funding opportunities for neighborhood and community projects and initiatives.” 

“I want to thank CDO Tim Sheehan, Director of Disaster Recovery and Compliance Tina Quagliato-Sullivan, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Services Ed Whitley and the dedicated staff at Eco Dev for their continued efforts on behalf of all our neighborhoods.  They do a tremendous job working with our neighborhood councils to hear their concerns and help advance community projects and initiatives for the betterment of our residents and business community,” added Mayor Sarno. 

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