Springfield offering $200k in grants for 2011 tornado damage

The storm led to the deaths of three people, injured hundreds more and caused millions of dollars in property damage

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Your tax money will be used to restore historic buildings in Springfield damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado.

The 2011 tornado tore through Hampden and Worcester Counties, causing millions of dollars in property damage, a lot of that damage occurred in Springfield.

According to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s office, the city has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to secure funds to repair or replace some of those buildings.

As part of Springfield’s relationship with FEMA, the city is required to make $200,000 available to repair historic buildings damaged by the tornado.

The money is only available for specific properties. If you’d like to apply for the grant money, your property must have been damaged in the tornado. It also has to be located in the city’s designated “Tornado Impact Zone,” and within a historic district. All proposals must be submitted to the city of Springfield by 2:00 on October 9th.

A review committee will then evaluate and score each proposal. The scoring will be based off of historic significance and relevance, financial need, and readiness to proceed.


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