That’s according to Timothy Brennan, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, who says the announcement was made Tuesday.
“We have secured the TIGER Grant for $17.5 million which will go to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority who has ownership of the building. This is a big deal to win it as the grant is very competitive nationwide.”
It’s the second time the city applied for the grant in regards to the Union Station.
Now, with this funding along with funding that has already been secured for the project, Phase 1 for an inner-city intermodal transportation center is set to begin.
Brennan says, “The game plan is to have demolition work start in the Fall, then that will allow for actual construction work to follow in 2013. Amtrack and the PVTA are a couple examples of the kinds of tenants that will be in this center which will be the intermodal hub for the region.”
Completion of Phase 1 is expected to take place within 12 to 18 months which would allow it to open and be operational.