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Dunbar Community Center Faces Foreclosure


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)–A Springfield landmark in Mason Square is in financial trouble and facing foreclosure.

At risk is the Dunbar Community Center which fills a variety of community needs.

Dunbar has had financial problems for years. The Springfield YMCA took over operations three years ago.

But Dunbar can’t pay its million dollar mortgage and faces foreclosure.

Kirk Smith, the executive director of the Greater Springfield YMCA is hopeful that Dunbar can be saved from looming foreclosure.

“I think it’s a public safety issue, it’s a social justice issue. Whenever a place like Dunbar is at risk, I think it puts us all at risk,” says Smith.

Community leaders are being asked to rally the troops.

“It’s not a lot of money, less than one million dollars. I think the city has an obligation, the state has an obligation, and the community has an obligation. Let’s get on the same page, let’s work this out, let’s come forward, let’s march. We can not let this building close,” says Bud Williams.

Officials point out that Dunbar serves more than 35-hundred children, teens, and adults including senior citizens.

Programs include athletics, day care, and after school programs.

Bud Williams says there will be a game plan to save Dunbar.

“I’m going to reach out to the mayor, Representative Ben Swan, we’re going to have a game plan, to keep this building open , it’s too important for all of us in the valley,” says Williams.

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