The Marble Street public housing project built in 1974 is being torn down.
Congressman Richard Neal and Mayor Domenic Sarno showed 22News how new road construction will open up Marble Street’s dead end to a new traffic flow connecting several streets in the city’s South End.
Marble Street is also the site of the new South End Community Center. “My beloved South End Community Center [is] being rebuilt here,” Mayor Sarno said. “The complete rehab of Emerson Wight Park being done, and now the roadway that’s gonna come all the way from Ashmun Street [to] all the way back here, which will open up more eyes and ears.”
South End neighborhood leaders believe that the 42-unit public housing complex, built almost 45 years ago, has served its purpose.
“It has been a great need for the time it served,” South End Citizens Councilmember Shane Milette said. “And it’s time to move over to the next generation for emergencies and other vehicles.”
Springfield Police say opening up new, more accessible traffic patterns around Marble Street will benefit the neighborhood in several ways.
“Because of the layout and the dead-end section of the street, it lent itself to criminality that was sometimes hard to resolve,” Capt. Trent Hufnagel explained.
The price tag for the Marble Street demolition and road reconstruction is $3 million.
The new Marble Street and its connectors will be completed in about one year.