SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With this year's Enshrinement Ceremony right around the corner, the 22News I-Team has been looking at some property that hasn't been maintained well near the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 22News I-Team uncovered who is responsible for some neglected areas around the Hall of Fame.
Around $250,000 of our money, state and federal dollars were spent to renovate terraces around Broad and Union Streets in Springfield in the Spring of 2012. Since then, the eight corner terraces have been neglected.
The 22News I-Team showed pictures to MassDOT highway administrator Frank DePaola.
"Back when that work was originally done, there was a discussion with the Springfield government at the time about maintenance responsibilities moving forward and it's reported to the city of Springfield Public works agreed to maintain those areas," said DePaola.
(The DPW should be taking care of this and it's really their job to do it?)
"It's the job of the DPW. I think probably the city council probably naturally assumed it was a MassDOT function, but as I said there was a prior agreement that delineated who does what and as I understand it is the city DPW responsibility," said DePaola.
The 22News I-Team contacted DPW director Al Chwalek, who referred us to the mayor's communications director who said through my inquiry with MassDOT and their corresponding conversation, the city is now aware that they must take care of that property.
The Springfield DPW will be in charge of replacing the missing lettering on Union Street and maintaining that. The Parks department will oversee maintaining the shrubs on the actual terrace.
Northern Tree Service will actually be doing the clean up and year round maintenance work through the city's adopt-a-terrace program. The city will save about $18,000 a year.
There is also overgrowth on Interstate 91 and the exit ramps near the hall of fame. MassDOT is responsible for that upkeep and said they will be trimming the area shortly.
The Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Sunday September 8th.