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Gov. Baker Praises Major Redevelopment Project


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker joined other state and local officials Thursday to celebrate the rehabilitation of almost two dozen apartment buildings in a Springfield neighborhood.

The project to rehab the 23 low-rise brick buildings, fix up the streets, sidewalks, open spaces and add parking lots took almost 8 years and cost $72 million.   

           Baker praised the various people involved in the project for “a terrific achievement.”

" You had the perseverance and the determination and grit to see your way through all the twists and turns that came in trying to redevelop an entire neighborhood," said Baker.

 Now known as Outing Park, the once blighted, crime invested part of the city’s South End has been transformed.

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