The green light has been given to fund 15 projects in Springfield under the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act program.
Recommended by a citizens committee, the projects involve housing, historic preservation, improvements to parks, and creating recreation space.
The City Council voted Monday night to approve the projects with funds totaling almost $1.6 million.
Projects range from $250,000 to help pay to renovate an old school into affordable housing to $20,000 for a study on how to preserve a Spanish-American War monument.
WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bob McCarroll, chairman of the Community Preservation Committee.