SPRINGFIELD – City council on Monday approved about $ 2.2 million in public funds for projects ranging from park improvements to historic improvements.
Approvals were for 10 of the 15 projects recommended by the Community Preservation Committee. The remaining five drafts were forwarded for consideration at a later date.
“I’m glad they’ve been approved,” said Robert McCarroll, chair of the Community Preservation Committee. “Much of what was approved was significant neighborhood parks – all of the recreational facilities that Springfield residents will enjoy along with the improved quality of these sites. “
The committee received 27 requests for funds, reducing them to 15 recommended projects. Any recommended project requires Board approval.
Under the Community Preservation Act, passed by city voters in 2016, earmarks city taxpayer dollars for historic preservation projects, improving parks and open spaces, and helping with community housing. .
The city levies a 1.5% surtax on residential and commercial properties in Springfield each year to fund projects. The first $ 100,000 of real estate valuation is exempt from the surtax.
The following projects have been approved by the city council:
- Cottage Hill Square Grove, Indian Orchard: $ 250,000 for upgrades to the retaining wall flower bed, water pipe, tree replacement, driveway repairs, new trash cans, benches and to landscaping
- Blunt Park Tennis Courts, Bay: $ 250,000 to renovate six tennis courts
- Exterior renovations to the Kilroy House on Edwards Street at the Quadrangle Museums, Metro Center: $ 250,000 to repair and protect the stucco exterior of the historic Renaissance Mission house
- Stone Soul Memorial Gardens, 1800 Roosevelt Ave., Bay: $ 248,000 to create a memorial garden, renovate picnic and play areas, create new trails and improve the existing pavilion
- Forest Park Picnic Grove: $ 242,000 to renovate the grove, including design and construction, picnic tables, a wood-frame pavilion and a new accessible walkway
- Magazine Park, McKnight: $ 210,000 for a master plan, ball field and playground equipment
- Spray structure Marshall Roy, rue Carew and boulevard St. James, East Springfield: $ 209,300 for the installation of a projection area and a spray structure
- Drama Studio, 41 Oakland St., Forest Park: $ 170,000 for repairs to the exterior of the historic old All Saints Church
- Hubbard Park Tennis Courts, Parker Street, Indian Orchard: $ 164,979 to rebuild tennis courts, fences and parking lots
- City of Springfield Down Payment Assistance: $ 160,000 to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to income-eligible households