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    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts gave its unanimous approval this week to legislation that regulates short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

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With concern Massachusetts could be heading for a housing crisis, the city of Springfield has announced an assistance program. 

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      Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are the latest to call for a safer option for voting in the state this year. 

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       Work has started on a $35 million project to build apartments in the historic Indian Motocycle factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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     A city official credited with guiding the successful development of several major projects in Springfield, Massachusetts is planning to retire this summer.  

    Housing developers seeking a tax break in the largest city in western Massachusetts will have to conform to new rules.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has awarded $57 million to 19 projects in Massachusetts to create or preserve more than 1,300 apartments for low-income tenants. 

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        Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts last year decided to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

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    A cold weather response plan that seeks to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter has been extended through this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.  A program to help end homelessness launched by city officials a decade ago means fewer and fewer people are in danger.

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    The head of the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts is going to retire on August 1st. after almost a decade of leading an agency back to respectability following a corruption scandal.

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    Dozens of blighted buildings have been torn down in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts in the last 18 months since the city council approved a $2 million demolition bond.  The city’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization were highlighted at on e such demolition project today.

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Over a thousand volunteers are expected to pitch in this Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts to help repair more than 60 homes.  It is part of multi-year effort to restore the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.  

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Landlords in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts could be required to pay registration and inspection fees if a controversial ordinance on the agenda for the next city council meeting is enacted.

The rental property registration and inspection ordinance was first introduced by City Councilor Orlando Ramos more than two years ago.  He said he has spent time since researching similar laws in other communities, listening to the concerns of landlords and tenants, holding public hearings, and has now crafted something tailored to the needs of Springfield.

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A top official with MGM Resorts International Monday pledged the company’s strong commitment to building a casino in Springfield. MGM upped the ante by announcing plans to take a former school department building off the city’s hands and redevelop it.

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The city that was hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts has seen hundreds of abandoned homes fixed up and put back on the market by court-appointed receivers.  Springfield’s use of the receivership laws to combat neighborhood blight was held out today as a model for the rest of the state.

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Four years after a tornado destroyed a neighborhood community center, officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are seeking construction bids to build a new center.

     The city plans to build the new South End Community Center in a park several blocks from the building that was hit by the tornado on June 1,2011.  General contractors have until July 31st to submit competing bids for the project, which has an estimated cost of $9.2 million.  Construction is scheduled to begin by September.

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A national non-profit announced plans today to repair and spruce up 20 homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is the third year of a 10-year plan designed to revive the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.

   The two story house at 124 King Street that was purchased by Curtis Vaughn’s grandparents in the 1920s  needs a lot of work.  But Vaughn, who lives in the house with a son and a daughter, said at age 82 he is unable to do the repairs himself and can’t afford to hire contractors.