In 2013, the 22News I-Team reported it would cost $13 million to fix the campanile. It will now cost $25 million.
Mayor Domenic Sarno has ordered that $200,000 be spent just to design the renovation.
Built around 1910, the historic campanile has been an iconic part of the city’s skyline. At one time, it was Springfield’s tallest structure.
Over the years moisture in the limestone has caused the steel underneath to rust and the stonework to crack. In 2008, the city put steel reinforced fiberglass netting around three corners of the campanile.
“We do periodic inspection of the campanile and the last one showed that we needed to do something with the 4th corner,” Director of Capitol Asset Construction Peter Garvey told 22News.
As for a long-term solution, the city has no timeline. They’ll look to get funds from state and federal grants.
A restored campanile would include replacing the elevator, restoring the clock and bells and creating a display room and educational exhibit.