SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker will be in western Massachusetts on Monday, making stops in Springfield, West Springfield, and Holyoke.

Civic Center Garage Redevelopment Event on Bruce Landon Way in Springfield

Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were in Springfield at 12:30 p.m., where they joined Mayor Domenic Sarno for an announcement of the redevelopment of the Civic Center Garage on Bruce Landon Way. The aging parking structure is set to be demolished and replaced.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “This vital and key economic development project, located in the heart of our downtown district, has been a priority of my administration as part of my overall redevelopment vision for our downtown.  Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan and I want to thank Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary Michael Heffernan for their unyielding belief, support and investment in our city of Springfield and our Commonwealth.  I especially want to thank David Gibbons, Executive Director of the MCCA, and his dedicated team for their efforts in making this dynamic project a reality.  This project will greatly enhance the activities and events on our Bruce Landon Way and at the MassMutual Center – home to our beloved AHL Springfield Thunderbirds, fresh off their first Calder Cup playoff run.”

“Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this old and outdated garage will be taken down and a new transformational five-story garage, which will be more conducive to the needs of the neighborhood and complement our surround downtown amenities and business establishments with over 800 parking spaces, will take its place.  The new facility will enhance foot traffic aspects by offering street level improvements and amenities that will play a key component for the numerous and diverse events held at our MassMutual Center ever year.”  Mayor Sarno added. 

MassTRAC and Municipal Infrastructure Program Visit at West Springfield Town Common on 128 Park St

After that, the governor and lieutenant governor headed to the West Springfield Town Common, to join city officials and MassDOT representatives for an event highlighting the administration’s municipal infrastructure programs and MassTRAC legislation, which is designed to support investments in transportation and environmental infrastructure.

Courtesy: Mass. Transportation

Greening the Gateway Cities announcement at Holyoke State Park on 221 Appleton St.

Baker and Polito visited Holyoke Heritage State Park, where they announced the “Greening the Gateway Cities” program, which is designed to increase tree cover in the state’s urban areas.