Historical commission in Springfield is trying to create a new historic district

The building was constructed back in 1916

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A building that is a big part of Springfield’s early automotive history has become a topic for the city council.

The city’s historical commission is trying to create a new historic district to help protect the block, formally known as Willys-Overland on chestnut street, from demolition or possible future changes.

The building on that street, which is now vacant, is the former Willys-Overland Motor Company. The building was constructed back in 1916 and was damaged by a gas explosion in 2012.

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