SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Much-needed renovations have been made to a residential apartment building in downtown Springfield.
After years of construction, improvements have been made to the fourth tallest building in the city, the Skyview Downtown apartment complex which houses 240 apartment units and is 34-stories high. It’s a building tenants have had issues with for years but now city officials hope these improvements can help revitalize the city.
“Skyview Downtown received a full rehabilitation of every apartment including new floors, kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems,” said Matt Finkle, President of Related Affordable.
For years, tenants who live at what was once known as Chestnut Tower until 2019 have been concerned with maintenance issues including problems with the elevator. These renovations have improved living conditions and is helping revitalize the city, including improvements to Pynchon Plaza which restores access between the Springfield Museums and Library at the Quadrangle.
“This becomes a gateway area, a meeting area to our beautiful Andrew Carnegie museum and library complex,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
The plaza is adjacent to the Springfield police substation on Dwight Street and the apartment complex. Additional security measures have been added including 500 security cameras to help keep visitors and residents safe.
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood told 22News, “For a feeling of being safe, for a feeling that you can come out an enjoy yourself and not worry about something like your car getting breaking into or someone getting harassed or picked on down here. the presence on nights when we have events down here is such that you do feel safe.”
Pynchon Plaza also features art work from area residents.