WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State leaders are recognizing the efforts of one Westfield group to improve the look of the community’s downtown.
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin selected the Elm Street Revitalization Project to be one of the recipients of this year’s Historic Preservation Award.
The Elm Street Apartments Limited Partnership and Domus, Inc. were recognized for upgrading, but also preserving the historic look, of three downtown buildings built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The spaces are used for Westfield businesses and also 19 affordable housing units.
Alice Dawicki, the owner of the Soup’s On cafe, told 22News that she has seen more people walking around downtown who want to check out some of the new stores.
“Who doesn’t want to take a walk when it’s nice and pretty?” she said. “It makes me want to stay in Westfield. There’s a commitment to the city and continued growth that I’ll see flow through to my business.”
State and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits were used for the work. The Elm Street Revitilization Project is one of ten groups across the state to receive the award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.