SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of low-income families in Springfield’s North End can look forward to renovated apartments they can afford.
The more than 100 year-old Memorial Square Apartments on Main Street just underwent a $13 million overhaul. The massive renovations have been completed, and the families will soon be moving in.
The project to renovate the historic, six-story apartment building was undertaken by the New England Farm Workers Council. Money for the project came from a variety of city, state, and federal tax credits, as well as private investment from Eastern Bank and Michael Associates.
“We did a job with the unions, so we took people here. They didn’t have experience in construction, we got them working as carpenters, plumbers. They’re not here today, they’re working at MGM,” Herbie Flores of the New England Farm Workers Council said.
Flores emphasized the importance of the apartments. He cited a state report listing the North End of Springfield as the lowest income area in the entire state of Massachusetts