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State Funds Large-Scale Renovation Of Springfield High-Rise Apartment Building

         Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday announced funding for 19 projects across Massachusetts to create or preserve over 1,300 apartments for low-income tenants.

         The largest award in this round of housing project subsidies, $10.2 million, will help finance the $45 million renovation of Chestnut Park in downtown Springfield.

        Built in the 1970s, there are four buildings with nearly 500 apartments.  The complex includes a 34-story high-rise building with 10 elevators.

         Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Sec. Jay Ash said quality affordable housing is key to the growth of the state’s economy.

         "A healthy community has a healthy balance of affordable and market-rate housing," said Ash.

         Also being funded are new apartment construction projects in Great Barrington and Northampton, and the continued renovation of the Lyman Terrace public housing development in Holyoke.

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