Multi-million dollar Springfield disaster relief plan revealed - KCTV5

Multi-million dollar Springfield disaster relief plan revealed

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Millions of dollars in disaster relief funds could soon be on their way to the city of Springfield.

A plan released Wednesday outlined $13 million in improvements for the city with an additional $9 million in plans expected to be released shortly.

Officials released the City of Springfield community development block grant-disaster recovery partial action plan A, which is being submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"So we've gone from the triage time of dealing with all these disasters to talk of a plan and now action of a plan," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. "The plan that we are submitting to HUD is nearly $22 million. I will continue to fight for every dime that is due to city of Springfield."

Springfield is eligible for the funds as a result of multiple disasters in 2011 including the June 1 tornado and the October snow storm that same year. The money is coming from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.

"It's a two-year timeline that we have to spend the DR money within," said Springfield chief development officer Kevin Kennedy. "So, this year we will complete the planning process and next year we will start all the construction."

The action plan highlights three affected tornado zones:

  • District 1: the Metro Center and South End
  • District 2: Six Corners, Old Hill, Upper Hill and Forest Park and
  • District 3: East Forest Park and 16 acres

The improvements in those areas range from road and sidewalk repairs to the realignment of Central Street, to the purchasing of the Mount Carmel School to be used as the South End Middle School.

The plan was developed with residents suggestions during three public hearings held in July.

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