SPRINGFIELD — City officials on Wednesday announced improvements to Page Boulevard in east Springfield, a development project they say will improve the quality of the street for pedestrians.
“This has taken fifteen years,” East Neighborhood Council President Kathy Brown said during the announcement of the $600,000 construction project, which was funded by the Neighborhood Economy Recovery Fund.
“This was part of our plan to keep this neighborhood moving,” Brown said.
Over $12 million of the city’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds have been set aside for the Community Economic Recovery Fund, which was established after the mayor visited more than 35 neighborhood councils, groups and agencies.
Improvements include new sidewalks, the installation of new street trees, and improved crosswalks.
The city will implement the project in partnership with the Office of Community Development, the Office of Disaster Recovery and Compliance, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Forestry.
“All of these departments work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood areas,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. “This came together by working together and listening to the neighborhood to see what they needed.”
The city has already begun building the sidewalks and moving the crosswalks along Page Boulevard, and is expected to finish by spring 2023.
City Forester Alexander Sherman said maintenance or removal of trees that are in poor condition will begin in the winter. He also said that new tree planting and tree well expansions will occur in the spring.
“I think it will improve this business district,” Sherman said. “We are excited to be included in these grant opportunities as many neighborhoods are asking for trees and tree improvements.”
In addition to an improved crosswalk, director of the public works department Chris Cignoli said they will be adding trash cans throughout the business district.
“Thank you to the City team for helping us because without your expertise, our dreams would not be a reality,” said Tina Quagliato Sullivan, director of the Office of Disaster Recovery and Compliance. “Our dream is to revitalize this film with all of Springfield. This is the big step in the revitalization of East Springfield.”