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Springfield Officials to Release Tornado Rebuild Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield officials say they’ve finished designing a plan to rebuild the city after tornado touchdowns that wreaked havoc last June.

They’ll release details of the rebuilding plan in a 3 p.m. meeting Thursday at Springfield City Hall.

Plan manager Kevin Sweeney says the initiative was based in part on input from 3,000 residents.

It combines rebuilding with economic development ideas.

Sweeney says they’d “like to see Springfield not just where it was on the day of the tornado, but in a better place.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will be among officials speaking about the plan Thursday.

At least 19 communities in Massachusetts suffered damage from the June 1, 2011, storm.

It flattened hundreds of homes and left three people dead.

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