SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield's marquee event is right around the corner, but every corner near the Basketball Hall of Fame is an eyesore.
Weeds and overgrown brush line the corners of Union and Broad Streets, the main intersections on either side of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
Federal and state money paid for these corners to be refurbished. MassDOT, not the city, is in charge of upkeep.
The Enshrinement ceremony, which draws people from all over the world, is less than a month away.
“It doesn't just need to be maintained when we have special events like Enshrinement, it needs to happen year round”, says Springfield City Council President James Ferrera.
Last spring, there were eight plots around the Hall of Fame that were completely redone. Since then it just hasn't been maintained, you can see all this overgrowth everywhere. The sign that once said Union Street is completely gone.
They spent about $250,000 putting in all kinds of beautiful flowering shrubs and trees, and from that point on and I go by there 3 or 4 times a day sometimes. They've never come back to take the weeds out they've never come back to prune the place”, says Jim Vinick.
Vinick serves on the Basketball Hall of Fame's Board of Governor's
“First impressions are lasting. These hall of famers come back with their families and this is the first thing they see when they come to town.”, says Vinick
Councilor Ferrera sent a letter of the Secretary of Transportation pleading to get this area cleaned up.
“It’s embarrassing really, you can come here and still see the price tags on the trees that were planted more than a year and a half ago”, says Councilor Ferrera.
22News I-Team contacted MassDOT about who is in charge of clearing this area and as of 5pm time hadn't heard back. We'll continue to investigate.