$20M campaign to fix Campanile

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – City officials announced a $20 million campaign to raise money to repair Springfield’s Campanile.

The distinctive 100 year-old clock tower has been in disrepair for decades; its clock no longer keeps time, its bells no longer ring, and its limestone structure has been outfitted with netting to prevent debris from falling.

Under the plan announced Friday, the broken limestone will be replaced, the 12 bells of the carillon will be restored, the clock will be repaired, and the water-powered elevator that once took people to the top of the Campanile will be fixed.

The project is estimated to take two years, and would require some $20 million in state, federal, and municipal funds, as well as private donations. The chairs of the committee behind the project include WWLP-TV founder William L. Putnam, Congressman Richard Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, and Jonathan Fantini Porter of the Department of Homeland Security.

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