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Springfield Innovation Center Project Receives New Funding


              Construction work has resumed on a long-stalled project to build a place to assist startup businesses in a western Massachusetts city.

        After a hiatus of 16 months, a $7 million project has resumed to renovate a nearly century-old building to create the Springfield Innovation Center.

        Nick Fyntrilakis, chairman of DevelopSpringfield, said the center should be ready for its first tenants by the end of the year.

        "We are excited about this project. It has been a long time in the works. We've had some fits and starts, but we are really pleased to get this up and running today," said Fyntrilakis.

       Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal and Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced $250,000 in historic preservation tax credits for the project on Wednesday.

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