Rebuilding continues 3 years later in Springfield’s South End

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In Springfield’s South End, there are still a few buildings that haven’t been repaired after the June 1st tornado. MGM has options on a lot of the land and hopes to build its casino there.

Once the tornado got across the Connecticut River, it went right into the South End, destroying the South End Community Center and crumbling several other buildings, including the Square One Day Care Center, which has re-opened in a new location on Main Street.

south end recoveryWhen the tornado hit Springfield there were several children in the old Square One building, but quick thinking saved them all.

Square One Vice President of Advancement Kim Lee told 22News “One by one holding hands, the children were crying, they were scared, they were very upset. We made our way down into the basement, there were three stories above the first floor, and when they came out that day they were able to see bright sunshine right through the fourth floor.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno hopes that MGM will help rebuild the South End, but if a state-wide casino vote happens and repeals the law, he says the city is working on a plan B.

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