SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s 90-year-old Union Station is getting a facelift.
22News strapped on our hard hats, and took a look inside the $88.5-million rehabilitation project. In another 8 months, the building will transform into a transit hub, where Springfield’s trains, taxis and buses will be based.
Crews have completed more than half of the project already.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno expects Union Station to draw up to 5-million transit passengers per year; “This will be a bustling area. This is not only a catalytic transportation project, it’s an economic development project.”
Congressman Richard Neal told 22News several retailers, restaurants and businesses have bid to rent space. “There will be commercial space and retail space, both are a very important part of making sure there are vibrant pedestrian activity, commercial activity, in and out of the building,” he said.
Union Station project specialist Patrick Kidd told 22News a Union Station rehabilitation project in Mississippi is the perfect example of how a transit facility can increase economic opportunity in a city. “I think St. Paul is probably a good example. They’ve been seeing an uptick in interest in that area, even in terms of housing prices,” he said.
So far, the city hasn’t released specific details on which retailers are coming, but said a list will be announced in the coming weeks.
Union Station should be open for business by December.