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Neal announces $750,000 in federal grants for Springfield and Northampton

June 13, 2006
Press Release

Funds targeted for street improvements, Camp Atwater and housing


(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal has announced that three important projects in western Massachusetts have received approximately $750,000 in federal assistance in legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The funding for these projects was included in 2007 Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

"With federal dollars being so scarce, I am pleased to secure $750,000 for these important projects. The State Street Corridor Initiative, Camp Atwater and the Village at Hospital Hill are ventures that help improve the quality of life in western Massachusetts," said Congressman Neal.

The City of Springfield will receive $500,000 in additional assistance for the redevelopment of the State Street Corridor.  These funds are needed to complete necessary renovations to Elliot and Spring Streets in Springfield, which compliment the construction of the new, state-of-the-art, $60 million federal courthouse. The assistance will be used for lighting, new sidewalks and paving surfaces, and the upgrade of traffic signals and pedestrian amenities.

Approximately $150,000 was also secured through HUD's Economic Development Initiative (EDI) for the renovation and physical improvements of Camp Atwater.  Camp Atwater is a residential summer camp that has prepared youth for the challenges of life since 1921. Today, it still operates to provide African-American youths to a recreational, cultural, and educational summer experience that will add to their interpersonal growth and development in immeasurable ways.

The historic Camp Atwater is the oldest camp of its kind in the country, offering its campers fully staffed, up to date facilities housed on 75 acres of land beside scenic Lake Lashaway in North Brookfield, MA. It is owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Camping Association. Camp Atwater has more than 55,000 alumni.

The City of Northampton will receive $100,000 through HUD's EDI Program for the continued redevelopment of the former Northampton State Hospital. The site is being transformed into the Village at Hospital Hill; a vibrant mixed use community, compatible with surrounding neighborhoods. The 126 acre site includes 880,000 square feet of existing space in 47 buildings on the main campus. This new funding is target for the demolition of deteriorated buildings and the construction of new infrastructure.