SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been more than two years since the city of Springfield announced plans to restore the Campanile clock tower, but little work has been done since.
In March of 2014, the city said it would take about $20 million of private, state and federal funds to repair the tower which has stood for over a hundred years. But since that announcement, the Campanile is still waiting to be fixed and some are wondering if it will ever be restored.
Springfield City Councilor Kateri Walsh told 22News that city’s schedule for construction is “based on needs. Right now they’re doing Union Station… and we’re doing the senior center. There are a lot of projects out there but I think this is the one that touches the heart of the city of Springfield.”
Walsh also said the restoration costs have increased to $23 million. A committee has been appointed to oversee the tower’s restoration plans.