Massachusetts Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jay Ash heaped praise on Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno for prompting the state to renovate Chestnut Towers, a 240-unit high-rise apartment block originally built more than forty years ago.
Secretary Ash said Massachusetts needs more affordable housing. Two bedroom apartments will rent between $1,000 to $1,200 a month.
“It’s going to look nice. It’s going to be higher quality,” Springfield’s Director of Housing Geraldine McCafferty said. “Much of our housing stock in Springfield is aged.”
The renovations will include modernizing the 240 apartments, improving amenities throughout the building and installing new elevators.
“The new involvement will not only stabilize Chestnut Towers, but move it forward,” Mayor Sarno told 22News.
Sarno and Secretary Ashe toured the 34 story building to meet with tenants and to prioritize the months of work ahead, utilizing $10.2 million to upgrade this downtown landmark.