YMCA Opens Fitness Center In Springfield's Tower Square

Dec 7, 2019

The YMCA of Greater Springfield now occupies about 30,000 square-feet of what was once shopping space the Tower Square mall. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to welcome Tower Square's newest non-retail tenant.
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Once a bustling shopping mall in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, Tower Square is welcoming new types of tenants. 

The YMCA of Greater Springfield has moved its fitness center, childcare programs, and administrative offices to Tower Square.

With brick and mortar retailers dwindling and malls struggling, Tower Square General Manager Fred Christensen said the focus is on attracting tenants that can offer services to the people who work in the 28-story office tower and elsewhere downtown.

"And a business that brings people in like the Y is the perfect homerun for us," said Christensen.

Next year, a brewery and tap room will open in what was once shopping space in Tower Square.