SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno and the city American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) team announced that the City of Springfield’s ninth round of ARPA funding awards for neighborhoods totaling over $2.27 million.

The ARPA funding is part of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund (NERF), according to a news release from the City of Springfield. This announcement comes from the neighborhood walks and meetings that Mayor Domenic Sarno and his city team did with the neighborhood councils.

“It pertains mainly to aesthetic quality, and public safety and quality of life improvements,” said Sarno.

All of the neighborhood councils that are going to be awarded are located within the Qualified Census Tracks (QCT).  Those neighborhood councils that are receiving funding are:

NeighborhoodAmount AwardedDesignation
Upper Hill Residents Council$872,100 Pedestrian Improvements and Tree Planting
Located within QCTUpper Hill 
Upper Hill Residents Council$550,000 Adams Park Upgrades
Located within QCTUpper Hill 
Old Hill Neighborhood Council$441,743.90Pedestrian Improvements and Tree PlantingLocated within QCTOld Hill

Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council$336,730.48 Pedestrian Enhancements, Tree Planting, Public Internet and Safety for Seniors at Senior Center
Located within QCTHungry Hill / Liberty Heights 
Commonwealth Mural Collaborative$50,000 Support New Light Festival Downtown to enhance tourism Located within QCTMetro Center 
Armoury Quadrangle Civic Association$19,500 Traffic Study for Pedestrian Improvements at Dwight Street and Frank B. Murray Street outside Union Station
Located within QCTDowntown
The City of Springfield

22News spoke with Adrienne Osborn, the President of the Upper Hill Residents Council, who said their funding will be used for pedestrian improvements, tree planting and Adams Park upgrades, “When you have people that connect with you, that’s what translates into serious funding to show that there is a need. It’s not just because it’s because it’s needed.”

The hope is that with these quality of life improvements and beautification efforts, that these neighborhoods of the city will begin to feel more like home.

“”If you give people a space where they feel like it’s home, that’s how they’ll treat it,” said Osborn.

This 9th round of ARPA funding brings the total amount that has been awarded to approximately $91 million.

“My dedicated finance and economic development team have been very thorough, doing their due diligence throughout this process.  Together, we have met with almost all of our local neighborhood councils, as part of my administration’s citywide listening tour, to hear directly from them what their needs are to help enhance the quality of life and aesthetics of our neighborhoods – much like what was done with many of the post-2011 tornado economic and neighborhood development projects and initiatives.  It is important to mention that most of these projects will take time to get underway, designed, and implemented.  We must remain cognizant of the fact that we still need to complete these projects and initiatives within a certain timeframe to meet all of the federal requirements for committing and allocating our local ARPA funding,” said Mayor Sarno.