Springfield Group Preservation Committee recommends funding for 16 initiatives together with parks, recreation enhancements, housing improvement

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Improvements to several parks, historic preservation of a church’s stained glass windows and support for an affordable home ownership program are among a list being considered for funding in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The City Council is holding a special meeting this afternoon to include recommendations for funding 16 projects under the Community Preservation Act.

The program, now in its fifth year in Springfield, uses money from a home ownership tax surcharge to fund projects involving historic preservation, open space, outdoor recreation and community housing.

Paul Tuthill, head of WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau, spoke with Community Preservation Committee Chair Bob McCarroll.