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Rebuilding Springfield Revitalization Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Rebuilding Springfield has entered the next important phase in repairing the community in the wake of the June first tornado.

Tuesday night, Develop Springfield presented its Executive Summary Rebuild Springfield Plan.

It includes recommendations to revitalize not only the areas devastated by the storm, but a citywide commitment to improvements.

“I’m really thankful to the residents and resiliency the residents showed to this whole ordeal. We are looking to become bigger, better and stronger,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The plan comes after nineteen community meeting involving more than 2,000 city residents, over the last six months.

“We got a plan, got a framework, we got a process how to move forward, now we have to move forward. There is still a lot of work to be done,” said Nick Fyntrilakis, Co-Chair Rebuild Springfield.

The plan breaks the city down into three districts. It has recommendations for physical, cultural, social, organizational, economic and educational improvements.

Some of the plan’s proposals include: assisting the South End Community Center find a new location in the neighborhood, redesigning traffic in Six Corners, managing vacant lots, street improvements and using educational institutions to strengthen the community.

The full plan will be released within the next few weeks. Implementing it will take the next 3 to 5 years.

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