SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is moving.
An official announcement was made Wednesday morning about the chapter’s move to a new facility in East Springfield. The organization says the move will allow them to have a joint resource facility that holds both the chapter’s offices and the Springfield Blood Donation Center. The Red Cross is currently spread out over two city locations, with headquarters being located on Cottage Street in East Springfield and the Blood Donation Center on Main Street in the North End.
It has been seventeen years since all of the Pioneer Valley Red Cross’s services have been in one building, and the move is being welcomed by their staff.
“As far as disaster response, having everyone here, there’s plenty of room for our vehicles, it’s been a problem for a while,” Howard Eldridge of Red Cross Disaster Services said.
Executive Director Rick Lee told 22News that the new location will be a place where the Red Cross’s volunteers, such as those who help fire and disaster victims, can be honored properly.
“They are the heart and souls, It’ll be an opportunity to to commemorate the work they’re done for the Red Cross, a plate or a plaque on the wall,” Lee said.
The new location will occupy about 16,000 square feet of the old Spalding Sports building at 150 Brookdale Street in Springfield.
The new Red Cross building will also be home to the Pioneer Valley’s nationwide phone network on now Cottage Street. It’s a bustling system, connecting men and women in the military with necessary social services.
The $1 million renovations are expected to be finished by September.