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City Soliciting Proposals for the Redevelopment of 803-807 Liberty Street

The City is soliciting proposals for the redevelopment of 803-807 Liberty Street. The building at 803-807 Liberty Street is a brick, mixed-use building constructed in 1916.  The building contains approximately 12,906 square feet of living/commercial space and is located on a 5,000 square foot lot and is zoned Business A.  The property has four floors and contains approximately nine residential units and two commercial units on the ground floor.  The property is being sold "as is" with the adjacent lot at SS Stockman Street (11200-0046).

A site tour is scheduled for June 18th at 2:00 p.m. Proposals are due to the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 307 no later than July 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Copies of the RFP may be obtained by emailing lstabilo@springfieldcityhall.com

Click here to view the article from The Republican/Masslive

 

 

City Schedules Tax Title Auction of 25 Properties

The City of Springfield has scheduled a ballroom style auction of twenty-five tax foreclosed properties for June 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (registration begins at 5:00 p.m.) at the Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Avenue.

For additional information you may visit our website or the Posnik Auctioneers' website.

Housing Court Now Accepting New Receivership Applications

The Western Division Housing Court is now accepting applications for the List of Qualified Receivers.  Applications are available at the Clerk's Office at the Housing Court. 

To be considered for the list, applications must be submitted to the Clerk's Office by July 31, 2014.  Completed applications should be mailed to:   

Western Housing Court

Attn: Clerk Magistrate Peter Montori/Receiver Application

37 Elm Street, P.O. Box 559

Springfield, MA 01102. 

 

If you are currently on the Court's list, please note that your application needs to be renewed annually! 

City of Springfield providing unique opportunity to new homeowners

The City of Springfield and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, in partnership with HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Viva Development LLC, is funding the construction of 4 single-family homes at 316 Central Street (3-bedroom; 2-bath), 324 Central Street (3-bedroom; 2-bath), 330 Central Street (4-bedroom 2.5 bath), and 336 Central Street (4-bedroom; 2 bath) to be sold to families earning less than 120% of Springfield Area Median Income (see below):

 

 

Maximum Income by Household Size

Household

Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

Maximum Household Income

$68,880

$78,720

$88,560

$98,280

$106,200

$114,120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Project presents an incredible opportunity to purchase one of these beautiful, new, energy-efficient homes for $125,000, resulting in a mortgage payment equal to or less than many rents in the Springfield area. All four homes are being built on large lots, feature attached garages, bamboo floors, open floor plans, vinyl siding, 40 year roofing, high-efficiency gas furnaces, central air conditioning, instant tankless hot water systems, air purification systems, and Energy Star appliances and fixtures.

 

For more information, or to download an application, please visit

 

http://www.vivadevelopment.com/?page_id=13

 

ALSO, PLEASE JOIN US AT AN ON-SITE OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY MAY 29, 2014 AT 2:00 PM FOR AN UP CLOSE LOOK AT THESE TRULY OUTSTANDING HOMES.

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City issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) for Purchase and Redevelopment of 174 Maple Street & 176 Maple Street

The City of Springfield is soliciting proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of two, tax foreclosed, Victorian row-houses at 174 Maple Street and 176 Maple Street.

Open houses will be held at 174 & 176 Maple Street during the following times:

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Proposals must be received by Friday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. by the Office of Procurement, City Hall , 36 Court Street, Room 307. Interested purchasers may request copies of the RFP by emailing lstabilo@springfieldcityhall.com

The City is interested in proposals which will renovate these historic row house to their appearance in 1939 and as approved by the Springfield Historical Commission. The City is most interested in proposals which will renovate both buildings as single-family and/or two-family homes. The City will consider proposals for a three-family house or four-family house for 174 Maple Street and will consider proposals up to three-family for 176 Maple Street.  Proposals resulting in lower densities are preferred. Proposals resulting in owner-occupied units, including condominiums, are preferred. Nonresidential uses will only be considered as accessory uses to residential uses. Institutional uses such as group homes, churches, and schools will not be allowed.

These properties are located in the Maple Hill Local Historic District, which is both a certified local historic district and listed on the State Register Historic Places. Income producing projects may qualify for the federal and state 20% tax credit for historic rehabilitation.

CDBG funds are being made available by the City to be used for exterior repairs. No income restrictions are applied to these funds. CDBG funds will be an interest free, forgivable loan not to exceed $100,000.  A total of $200,000 for exterior repairs to both properties is available.  Proposals that minimize the use of public funds are preferred.  The loan will be paid out as reimbursement of expenditures. Half of the loan will be forgiven upon issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy by the Springfield Building Commissioner. Once the Certificate of Occupancy has been obtained, 20% of the remaining loan will be forgiven each year the property is maintained in compliance with code enforcement over the next five year period.

The proposed development should minimize other public expenditures and not require ongoing public operating subsidies.

Click here to view the article from The Republican/Masslive

City Issues RFP for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

Springfield has been allocated $305,439 in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for FY14.  These funds are to be used for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, and to provide some support for existing emergency shelters.

The City has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking providers to operate ESG programs.  Applications for program funds are due May 12, 2014, by 2:00 pm, at the Office of Housing, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01103. 

For more information, view the RFP:

All updates to the RFP will be posted here for public viewing.  

City of Springfield Issues Notice of Funding Availability and Request for Proposals for Disaster Recovery Area

The City of Springfield has been awarded $21.8 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds as a result of multiple presidentially declared disasters occurring in 2011.  As a result of this funding the City of Springfield is making $1.4 million dollars available in CDBG-DR funds for proposals for developers for “ready to proceed” single-family, new construction projects that will provide homeownership opportunities to low-moderate income buyers who are within 120% of Area Median Income.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

The City is seeking projects within a limited area of the Old Hill/Six Corners neighborhoods that was heavily impacted by the June 1, 2011 tornado. The City is most interested in proposals that will create high quality, newly constructed single family homes on each proposed site.  The City will entertain proposals that include a second unit, but additional units will not be considered as advantageous as single family proposals.  Proposal s should include home re-sale to income qualified buyers within 120% of Area Median Income (AMI).  Developers must be able to demonstrate a successful track record in housing development and utilizing comparable federal funds and regulations, ability to comply with CDBG-DR requirements and must site control for all proposed projects. Projects should be ready to proceed immediately and all new construction and expenditure of funds must be completed no later than September 2015.

Proposals will be received until April 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. by the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 307, Springfield, MA  

To obtain more details and/or a copy of the Request for Proposal/Notice of Funding Availability please email lstabilo@springfieldcityhall.com.

City Schedules Tax Title Auction of 26 Properties

The City of Springfield has scheduled a ballroom style auction of 26 tax foreclosed properties for March 25th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Registration begins at 5:00 pm) at the Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Avenue.

For additional information you may visit our website or the Posnik Auctioneers website.

City Selling Multiple Vacant Parcels

The City is soliciting proposals for the purchase and redevlopment of the following vacant lots:

  • NS Melrose Street (08520-0012)
  • SS Melrose Street (08520-0025)
  • NS Marshall Street (08305-0007)
  • ES Pine Street (09715-0124)

The properties are located throughout the Maple-High/Six Corners neighborhood and the Old Hill neighborhood.  Both areas were heavily affected by the June 1, 2011 tornado and this Request for Proposals (RFP) is an important piece of the rebuilding process.  The City is most interested in proposals that create newly constructed, single family homes on each of these lots.  The City is seeking high quality home design plans that are in character with the existing neighborhood.  

The City is making available a maximum of $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funds towards the redevelopment of the properties included in this RFP.  

Proposals will be accepted until April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm by the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 307.  

For additional information you may visit the Office of Procurement website. Click here to view the article by The Republican/Masslive.

City Selling Apartment Building at 169 Maple Street

The City of Springfield is soliciting proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the multi-unit building at 169 Maple Street. The property is located within the Ridgewood Local Historic District in the Maple-High/Six Corners neighborhood of Springfield.  

The building is a brick, residential apartment building constructed in 1920, it contains 30,522 square feet and is located on a 7,454 square foot lot and is zoned Commercial A.  The assessed value is $390,300.  The property has five levels and contains approximately ten, spacious, three bedroom units.  Five of these units are currently occupied.

Site tours are being conducted on March 12, 2014 at 2:00pm and March 19, 2014 at 10:00am.  

Proposals are being accepted until April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm, by the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 307.  

For additional information please visit the Office of Procurement website.  To view the article from The Republican/Masslive please click here.

City Seeks Bids for the Demolition of the Former Chestnut Street School

The City of Springfield through its' Office of Housing is soliciting bids from contractors for the demolition and removal of demolition debris of the former Chestnut Street School site at 495 Chestnut Street. Bids are due by Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. to the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield.

A mandatory pre-bid conference and site tour is scheduled for February 11, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Contact Tina Quagliato at (413)787-6500 / tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com for additional information.

Click here to view bid information from the Office of Procurement.

Office of Housing Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for Redevelopment of 263 Central Street

The City has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of the eight unit apartment building at 263 Central Street, included within the sale is the abutting vacant lot at WS Pine Street (09715-0052).  The property is located within the Maple-Hill Historic District, in the Maple-High/Six Corners neighborhood.  

The City is offering $150,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Funds towards the redevelopment of the building. Proposals are due by January 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. to the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield.  Copies of the RFP may be obtained at www.comm-pass.com.

The property is open for viewing on December 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. or by appointment by contacting Tina Quagliato at (413)787-6500 / tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com.

Click here to view additional information from the Office of Housing.

Click here to view the article from The Republican/Masslive.

City Receives Bids Totaling $631,000 at Tax Title Auction of 24 Properties

The City of Springfield auctioned 24 tax foreclosed properties on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and received bids totaling $631,000.  The auction was conducted at City Hall by Aaron Posnik & Co., Auctioneers. The highest bid received was for a commercial property at 1130 Bay Street.

Click here to view the article by The Republican/Masslive.

Continuum of Care Releases Request for Proposals seeking New and Renewal Applications for Projects in Hampden County providing Housing for Households Experiencing Homelessness

The City of Springfield is the Collaborative Applicant for funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Hampden County Continuum of Care (CoC).  The CoC provides permanent housing solutions to end homelessness for individuals and families throughout Hampden County.

The Hampden County CoC has a released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking new and renewal applications for housing programs.  Interested parties can access the RFP by going to the Registration Page. The deadline for applications is January 3, 2014 at noon.

 

 

City Seeks Bids for the Demolition/Deconstruction of Abandoned Building at 2612-2616 Main Street & Arch Street

The City of Springfield through its' Office of Housing is soliciting bids from contractors for the demolition/deconstruction of the condemned building at 2612-2616 Main Street & 3 Arch Street.  Bids are due by Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield.

The site will be open on December 9, 2013 between the hours of 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Contact Tina Quagliato at (413)787-6500 / tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com for additional information.


Click here to view the article from The Republican/Masslive.

Click here for bid information from the Office of Procurement.

City Schedules Tax Title Auction

The City has scheduled a Municipal Auction for twenty-five (25) tax foreclosed properties.  The ballroom-style auction will take place on December 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield. For additional information please contact the City's private auctioneer Aaron Posnik Auctioneers/Appraisers at (413)733-5238.  To view the article from The Republican/Masslive.com please click here.

City Hosts Receivership Training

On October 23, 2013 the City of Springfield, in conjunction with the Western Division Housing Court, held a receivership training for current and potential receivers and their attorneys. 

Presentations were given by the following:

  • The Honorable Dina E. Fein, First Justice, Western Division Housing Court
  • Assistant Clerk Magistrate Michael Doherty, Western Division Housing Court
  • Associate City Solicitor Lisa deSousa, City of Springfield - Law Department
  • Geraldine McCafferty, Director, City of Springfield - Office of Housing
  • Attorney Katharine Higgins-Shea, Lyon & Fitzpatrick
  • Attorney Patti Glenn, Springfield
  • Tony Witman, Witman Properties
  • Attorney Christopher Johnson, Johnson, Sclafani & Moriarity
  • Rita Farrell, Massachusetts Housing Partnership
  • Attorney Kurt McHugh, Harmon Law Offices, Newton

The training was attended by over 50 people including staff from the City of Springfield, City of Holyoke, Western Division Housing Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office, in addition to many current and prospective receivers.

Click here for additional information on receivership and the training materials.  

 

 

City Awaits HUD Approval of Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

In May and June 2013, the City took written comments and held hearings on its Draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.  The City has incorporated those comments into a new document, which has been submitted to HUD and awaits final approval.

Click to view the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing that was submitted to HUD.

City Schedules Tax Title Auction for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The City of Springfield in partnership with Daniel J. Flynn & Co., will be auctioning eighteen (18) tax foreclosed properties on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the auciton will begin at 6:00 PM. The ballroom style auction will take place at City Hall, 36 Court Street, 2nd Floor.

Open Houses will be conducted on Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at the various properties. For a schedule please visit the auctioneer's website http://www.flynnauctions.com/.

Those who intend to register as bidders should come prepared with a $5,000 bank and/or certified check per property.

You may view additional auction information on our website or view the Auction Flyer.

City Releases DRAFT 2nd Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) Substantial Amendment

The City has released a DRAFT 2nd Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) Substantial Amendment for public comment.  The 2nd Substantial Amendment changes the initial Substantial Amendment by re-allocating $50,000 from homeownership to rental housing targeted to persons with incomes at or below 50% area median income.  These funds will be used for rehabilitation of the multi-family property at 71 Adams St.

The 2nd Substantial Amendment is available here.

Please submit written comments by June 21, 2013 to Geraldine McCafferty at gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com or at the Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA 01103.

City Seeks Input on Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

The City is updating it Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, and seeks your input.   Click here to see the DRAFT Analysis.

To comment on the draft, please send written comments by June 11 to gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com or attend a public hearing on the draft Analysis.  The hearing will take place June 11, 5 pm, in Room 220, Springfield City Hall.

City Schedules Auction of Tax Foreclosed Properties

The City of Springfield, with Flynn Auctions, is holding it’s first municipal real estate auction of 2013. The ballroom-style auction will take place at City Hall on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  Bidder registration will begin at 5:00 p.m.  Positive identification and a certified/bank check in the amount of $5,000/per property will be required in order to register.  To view sample documents, Design Guidelines and Auction FAQs, please click here.

The City will be selling 22 residences, 6 vacant lots, and 1 commercial lot. For more details please contact Flynn Auctioneers at (617)479-9000 or visit www.FlynnAuctions.com.

To view a copy of the flyer please click here.

City launches new "Abutter Lot Sale Program"

The "Abutter Lot Sale Program" is designed to sell City-owned, vacant lots, valued under $25,000 to property owners with a home, building and/or property directly abutting a vacant lot.  Abutters would be able to purchase approved lots directly from the City without going through a public disposition process such as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or auction.  

The program will be administered through the Office of Housing will require an application to be made.  Please note that if a property is City owned the Office of Housing will investigate whether or not the lot will be eligible for sale through this program.  Click here for an application and/or additional information.

City Soliciting Proposals for the Redevelopment of Two Vacant Lots

609-611 Main Street (08130-0621)
NS Boston Road (01655-0038)

The City of Springfield, Massachusetts is currently soliciting proposals for the redevelopment of two vacant lots located at 609-611 Main Street (08130-0621) and NS Boston Road (01655-0038). Read below for more information.  If you have additional questions, please contact Tina Quagliato at the Office of Housing at (413) 787-6500.

609-611 MAIN STREET (08130-0621)

Minimum Bid: $35,000.00

Land Area: 17,332 square feet

Assessed Value: $69,300.00

Zoning: Business B

Complete Requests for Proposal (RFP) packages may be picked up starting February 13th, 2013 at City Hall, Office of Procurement, 36 Court Street, Room 307 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM or they may be downloaded 24 hours a day at www.comm-pass.com. Proposals are due on Friday March 28th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to the Office of Procurement.

NS BOSTON ROAD (01655-0038)

Minimum Bid: $10,000.00

Land Area: 7,500 square feet

Assessed Value: $77,800.00

Zoning: Residence A

Complete Requests for Proposal (RFP) packages may be picked up starting February 27th, 2013 at City Hall, Office of Procurement, 36 Court Street, Room 307 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM or they may be downloaded 24 hours a day at www.comm-pass.comProposals are due on Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to the Office of Procurement.

 

City Schedules Auction of Fourty-Four (44) Tax Foreclosed Properties

The City of Springfield in partnership with Daniel J. Flynn & Co.,  will be auctioning fourty-four (44) tax foreclosed properties on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the auciton will begin at 6:00 PM.  The ballroom style auction will take place at City Hall, 36 Court Street, 2nd Floor.

Open Houses will be conducted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at the various properties.  For a schedule please visit the auctioneer's website http://www.flynnauctions.com/.

Those who intend to register as bidders should come prepared with a $5,000 bank and/or certified check per property.

You may view additional auction information on our website or view the Auction Flyer.

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development - Tornado Response Home Rehabilitation Program

Eligible Communities: Agawam, Brimfield, Monson, Southbridge, Springfield, Sturbridge, Westfield, West Springfield and Wilbraham.

Eligible Households: Homeowners from the nine eligible communities whose primary residences were damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado and who require additional financial assistance to supplement other public, private and non-profit sources and/or to address needs not met by other funding sources.


Eligible Uses:
Tornado Response HR Funds may be used for work items or repairs which are not or only partially funded through insurance or other public or donated funding.  This may include such things as demolition of detached outbuildings, historic rehabilitation, removal of trees that presenting an obstacle to residents, water damage, mitigation of mold and water damage, and standard building repair such as roofs, windows, siding, etc.

In addition, these funds may be used to supplement other funding towards rebuilding homes completely destroyed or the purchase and installation of a mobile home or modular home to replace a home that was destroyed in the June 1, 2011 tornado.

All work funded through this program must be performed by qualified and licensed contractors.  Under certain circumstances, "sweat equity" through a self-help agreement will be allowed if it can be demonstrated that 1)the owner is capable of performing the work or 2)the effort is being undertaken in conjunction with coordinated volunteers and will leverage additional monies to the project.  In these circumstances, an itemized materials cost estimate must be provided accompanied by a quote from the suppliers.

Prioritization of Assistance: Requests for assistance will be categorized according to need.  Priority 1 Assistance is for those households who need additional funding to complete work which allow them to get back into their home.  Priority 2 Assistance is for households who need additional funding to eliminate a health or safety issue within the primary residence.  Priority 3 Assistance is for households who need additional funding to eliminate a health or safety issue on the property of the primary residence.  Priority 4 Assistance is for all other eligible tornado related requests.

Income Restrictions: At least 75% of these funds must benefit households whose gross income does not exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI). Up to 25% of these funds can be used to benefit households whose gross income is between 80% and 100% of the AMI.

Assistance Limitations: The value of repairs or improvements made to any individual residence using these funds cannot exceed $7,500 unless an unusual circumstance requires a larger expenditure.  In these cases a waiver for up to a total of $15,000 may be sought with the additional funds limited to ensuring the home is made safe and secure.  Waiver amounts and availability will be influenced by household income levels.


Application:  Please contact Laurel Foley-Beauchesne, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104 at (413)781-6045 or be email at lfoley-beauchesne@pvpc.org.

DevelopSpringfield to Host Informational Session with the Massachusetts Division of Insurance

DevelopSpringfield is pleased to host representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Insurance on May 31st from 4 PM – 8 PM at the Federal Room in the STCC Technology Park, 1 Federal St, Springfield, MA 01105.

Commissioner of Insurance Joseph G. Murphy has asked members of his team in the Department of Insurance to meet with residents of Springfield and the immediate area, who were impacted by the June 1, 2011 tornado, and who continue to have questions or concerns about their insurance coverage.  The Department of Insurance team will meet with residents one-on-one to answer questions and to provide general guidance. 

This session will be free and open to the public. If you have questions, please contact DevelopSpringfield at (413) 209-8808.

City Soliciting Proposals for the Re-Development of Historic Properties

The City of Springfield is soliciting proposals for the redevelopment of three historic properties located within the McKnight Local Historic District. 

  • 62 Bay Street
  • 90 Buckingham Street
  • 74 Yale Street

Each property has a minimum bid of $1,000 and the City is offering up to $25,000 per property for exterior repairs.  

Proposals are due by May 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM. to the Office of Procurement.  For open house schedule and more information please click here.

View press release issued by Mayor Domenic Sarno.

City Soliciting Proposals for the Re-Development of 886-892 State Street & 870-880 State Street

The City of Springfield is currently seeking proposals for the redevelopment of the following properties:

  • 886-892 State Street & WS Andrew Street (00440-0001)
  • 870-880 State Street & WS Andrew Street (00440-0002) & WS Hayden Avenue (06460-0035)

Complete Requests for Proposal (RFP) packages may be picked up at City Hall, Office of Procurement, 36 Court Street, Room 307 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM or they may be downloaded 24 hours a day at www.comm-pass.com.

Proposals are due by April 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM to the Office of Procurement. The properties will be available for viewing at the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM
  • Monday, April 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Occupied units will not be available for viewing. Common areas and vacant units will be the only areas accessible during open houses.

For more information please view our website or contact the Office of Procurement.

City Schedules Auction of Twenty-Nine (29) Tax Foreclosed Properties

The City of Springfield in partnership with Daniel J. Flynn & Co.,  will be auctioning twenty-nine (29) tax foreclosed properties on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the auciton will begin at 6:00 PM.  The ballroom style auction will take place at City Hall, 36 Court Street, 2nd Floor.

Open Houses will be conducted on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the various properties.  For a schedule please visit the auctioneer's website http://www.flynnauctions.com/.

Those who intend to register as bidders should come prepared with a $5,000 bank and/or certified check per property.

View the article from The Republican on Masslive "Next Springfield tax-title auction features houses, lots, commercial property".

You may view additional auction information on our website or view the Auction Flyer.

Notice to Current and Prospective Court Appointed Receivers

One June 1st, 2012 the Western Division Housing Court's list of qualified receivers for cases involving violations of the State Sanitary Code will be dissolved and reconstituted.

If you want your name to be included on the new receiver list when this transition takes place, you must submit an application by April 1, 2012.  Afterwards, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications are available at the Clerk's Office at the Western Division Housing Court, 37 Elm Street, Springfield, MA 01102.

Rebuild Springfield - District Meetings Scheduled

Next week, Rebuild Springfield will be holding the final round of public district meetings.  This will be the public's last time to provide input and commentary on the district plans before the Citywide strategy is completed.  These meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • DISTRICT #1 - METRO CENTER & SOUTH END: Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ the South End Middle School (36 Margaret Street)
  • DISTRICT #2 - SIX CORNERS, OLD HILL, UPPER HILL & FOREST PARK: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. @ J.C. Williams Community Center (116 Florence Street)
  • DISTRICT #3 -  SIXTEEN ACRES & EAST FOREST PARK: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. @ Greenleaf Community Center (1188 Parker Street)

For updates and more information, view the flyer or visit the Rebuild Springfield website.

Tax Title Auction Brings in $324,709

The City of Springfield held a successful auction of tax foreclosed properties on Wednesday, November 30.  To read the article from The Springfield Republican on Masslive, please click here.

City of Springfield Seeks Proposals for the Redevelopment of State Street Properties

886-892 State Street

The City of Springfield is currently seeking proposals for the redevelopment of the following properties:

  • 886-892 State Street & WS Andrew Street (00440-0001)
  • 870-880 State Street & WS Andrew Street (00440-0002) & WS Hayden Avenue (06460-0035)

Proposals are due to the City of Springfield, Office of Procurement by 2:00 p.m. on December 21, 2011.

For more information please click here or contact the Office of Procurement.

Homeowner Rebuilding Guide

The City of Springfield and HAPHousing have teamed up to create a Rebuilding Guide for Homeowners to assist residents in accessing and identifying the resources they need to rebuild after the devastating tornado on June 1, 2011.  This Guide has been generously supported by Develop Springfield.

The guide provides detailed information about insurance, FEMA assistance and SBA loans, undertaking construction and working with City agencies, and incentives and information for green building, healthy homes, handicap accessibility and historic preservation. The Guide also tells you where to go for assistance if you need help navigating the system.  

Rebuilding Guide for Homeowners

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Redevelopment of 229 Central Street & 128 Orleans Street

The City is currently soliciting proposals for the redevelopment of the properties at 229 Central Street and 128 Orleans Street.

For more information you can visit our website or contact the Office of Procurement.

Community Rebuilding Fair

As individuals and communities are striving to rebuild homes, businesses and lives in the aftermath of the tornado that touched down on June 1, there continues to be many unanswered questions about the recovery process. Many others who were not directly affected by the tornado also have questions and needs. At the Community Rebuilding Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about available programs and have direct access to services.

Participants can meet with legal, insurance, financial, housing, zoning, career, construction, and sustainability experts to ask questions and obtain assistance. This community event is open to the public and is FREE.

The Community Rebuilding Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the High School of Commerce, 415 State Street, Springfield. Between 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Redevelopment of Vacant Lots

The City is currently seeking proposals for the redevelopment of the following vacant lots, citywide:

  • SS Carpenter Court (02410-0002)
  • WS Chestnut Street (02750-0160)
  • SS Lebanon Street (07627-0047)
  • SS Locust Street (07860-0046)
  • WS Mapledell Street (08220-0019)
  • NS McKnight Street (08460-0021)
  • WS Orleans Street (09362-0019)
  • NS Princeton Street (09935-0049)
  • WS Thompson Street (11525-0007)
  • SS Tyler Street (11715-0081)
  • NS Union Street (11750-0126)
  • SS Walnut Street (11952-0106) 

For more information on this soliciation you may visit our website or contact the Office of Procurement.

Financial Fitness Education

Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services provides Financial Fitness education for clients who are not ready to purchase for various reasons such as: credit issues, bankruptcy or high debts.  The Financial Fitness program identifies the obstacles that prevent people from buying, helps them develop a plan and budget, and monitors the customer’s progress towards overcoming the obstacles.  The workshops are ten hours of intensive education covering topics including:

  • Credit Issues
  • Getting and Staying Out of Debt
  • Managing Your Money
  • Beginning a Banking Relationship
  • Creating Wealth for You and Your Family
  • Predatory Lending Tactics to Avoid

Workshop Schedule:

All workshops run for four weeks, two hours and 30 minutes each week for a total of ten hours and are held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 111 Wilbraham Road, Springfield (unless otherwise stated).

September, 2011

  • Date: Wednesdays, September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
    Location: 721 State Street, Springfield, MA

October, 2011

  • Dates: Mondays, October 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
    Location: Springfield NHS - 111 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA

November, 2011

  • Date: Wednesdays, November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
    Location: Springfield NHS - 111 Wilbraham Rd, Springfield, MA.

December, 2011

  • Date: Mondays, December 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
    Location: Springfield NHS - 111 Wilbraham Rd, Springfield, MA.

To register please contact Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services at (413) 739-4737, ext. 100.

Free Homebuyer Education

Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services provides FREE Homebuyer Education to help buyers learn what they need to know BEFORE purchasing a home. Hundreds of families attend classes here and learn about:

  • Steps to pre-qualify for a mortgage
  • How to shop for a home
  • Types of mortgages available
  • Home maintenance tips
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Predatory lennding programs to avoid
  • And much more!

Please contact Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services for a Customer Intake Form-which must be completed in order for registration to be confirmed.

Workshops are co-sponsored with MassHousing on:

  • Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services is a HUD APPROVED HOUSING COUNSELING AGENCY. “Working Together to Build Strong Communities”.

Please contact Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services  at (413)739-4737, ext. 100 to register.  

Join The HAPHousing Homebuyer Club

 HAPHousing is offering a series of four classes to provide the information on obtaining the tools needed to reach your your goal of owning your own home.  The classes are being held between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at HAPHousing at 322 Main Street, Springfield, MA on the following dates:

  • August 25, 2011
  • October 27, 2011
  • December 15, 2011
  • February 23, 2012

Space is limited.  A non-refundable, registration fee of $35 per person or $40 per couple is required. The classes will cover the following topics:

  • Homeownership obstacles and goals
  • Understanding credit
  • Money management
  • Individual financial planning and timelines

For more information contact HAPHousing at 413-233-1612 or 1-800-332-9667 extension 1612.

Free Homeowners Workshop

HAPHousing will be hosting a FREE HOMEOWNERS WORKSHOP on September 17, 2011 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at 322 Main Street, Springfield, MA.

The workshop will cover the following topics

  • Avoiding Foreclosure
  • How to avoid predatory lending and the attractive traps of easy credit
  • Saving money on heating and energy costs
  • Learn fire prevention and safety tips
  • Home insurance discounts
  • Home maintenance

Space is limited. Sign up today by contact HAPHousing at 413-233-1616 or 800-332-9667 extension 1616. 

FEMA Disaster Assistance

President Obama has declared Hampden County a federal disaster area.  This declaration makes certain assistance available to residents and businesses who have sustained losses due to the tornado.  Registration may be completed online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/, or in Spanish at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/?langcode+ES, by smartphone through m.FEMA.gov, or by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration HelpLine at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Individuals with hearing or speech impairment may call TTY 1-800-462-7585, or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.  Multi-language assistance is available.  Telephone registration is available from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week.

In addition, FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the STCC Technology Park, One Federal Building, Building #104.

Those affected by the disaster can meet with specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Additionally, representatives from several state agencies under the Offices of Health and Human Services, Housing and Economic Development and Labor and Workforce Development will be available at the DRCs to provide state assistance where available. Catholic Charities, along with other vital federal and state voluntary agencies, will also be represented at the DRCs to help coordinate donations and volunteer inquiries.

Please note that, before visiting a DRC, those seeking assistance are strongly urged to first register with FEMA for assistance.

Landlords with Vacant Property

The City is requesting all landlords with vacant property that can be used to re-house people displaced by the tornado should contact the Office of Housing at 413-787-6500.

Tax Foreclosure Auction Rescheduled for July 19, 2011

Due to the effects and cleanup of the tornado the City has rescheduled the tax title auction of twenty seven tax foreclosed properties on Tuesday, June 19, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. The auction will be held at City Hall-2nd Floor, 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA. 

For additional information and to view auction documents please click here.

Emergency Shelter Information

Due to the widespread devastation created by tornadoes across Springfield, the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has set up two emergency shelters for those displaced by the storms:

  • Friends of the Homless with be operating a shelter located at 769 Worthington Street, Springfield, to serve serving individuals without minor children.
  • The Red Cross will be operating a shelter at the Mass Mutual Center located at 1277 Main Street, Springfield, to serve families with minor children and people who are medically compromised.

If you have non-emergency questions, needs and/or reports please contact the City's 3-1-1 Call Center at 413-736-3111.  

The Red Cross Safe and Well website is being used to track residents who have been displaced by yesterday’s tornadoes in the Springfield area.  The Safe and Well website is a free, public communication tool where those affected by disasters can register on the site and post messages that they are safe.  Loved ones can then conduct a search on the site to view the posted messages.

To access the website, please go to www.redcross.org/safeandwell.  You can enter yourself as “Safe and Well” if you were impacted by the storm, or search for a loved one you cannot locate.

If you do not have access to a computer and the internet, the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center can assist you with entering yourself into the system or searching for a loved one.  The number into the 3-1-1 Center is 413-736-3111.

Registration computers will be made available at shelter locations within the City of Springfield for residents located at those sites.

Please be patient as the database will take time to fill up.  If you do not see a loved one listed when you search initially, please check back later.

 

 

Tax Foreclosure Auction Scheduled for June 21, 2011

The City's will be holding the next ballroom style auction of twenty seven tax foreclosed properties on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. The auction will be held at City Hall-2nd Floor, 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA. 

Click here to view the Auction Flyer

For additional information and to view auction documents please click here.

City of Springfield receives national HUD "Door Knocker Award"

The City of Springfield and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were among fourteen nationwide recipients of the HUD "Door Knocker Award" for excellence in producing quality affordable housing. The award specifically highlights the redevelopment of 149-unit Worthington Commons.

Worthington Commons, developed by First Resource Development Company, involved the rehabilitation of several historic buildings using a combination of federal grants, tax credits and loan funds. The project is a key component in the turnaround of the downtown Summit Hill Neighborhood.

Read the HUD Press Release

Read The Springfield Republican article on Masslive

Quincy Street Redevelopent begins with "Blitz Build"

The City of Springfield and the Partnership for the Renewal of the Old Hill Neighborhood is kicking off the planned redevelopment of twenty six properties in a four-block section of Quincy Street.  The planned redevelopment is a collaboration between the City of Springfield, Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Hap Inc., Rebuilding Together Springfield and Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity.

The redevelopment is beginning with a Habitat for Humanity "Blitz Build" that will involve the construction of a new two family home in a five day period.

Redevelopment on Quincy Street will occur throughout the summer and is being funded primarily with Neighborhood Stabilization Funds.


View The Springfield Republican article on Masslive

View Daily Updates on the "Blitz Build" on the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity website

Request for Proposals (RFP) for Historic Hamilton House at 32 Temple Street

The City of Springfield is currently soliciting proposals for the historic Hamilton House at 32 Temple Street in the Lower Maple Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Proposals are due by May 23, 2011.

For more information regarding the property and RFP requirements please click here.

View the Springfield Republican news article available on Masslive.com.

Abutter Auction scheduled for May 24, 2011

The City of Springfield will be auctioning 24 non-buildable lots on May 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. This auction is open to abutter's only and properties included in this auction cannot be built upon and may be used solely for open space and/or accessory parking to an immediately adjacent property under common ownership.

For a listing of properties and additional information regarding this auction please click here.

Request for Qualified Developers for Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

The Office of Housing is seeking additional developers to carry out it Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  Non-profit and for-profit organizations with the technical and financial capacity to acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed or abandoned properties are encouraged to apply.  Qualified developers are eligible to apply for federal NSP funds to carry out redevelopment in target neighborhoods in the City.  The targeted neighborhoods are Old Hill, Six Corners, the South End and lower Forest Park.

Copies of the Request for Qualifications will be available at the Office of Housing starting April 19, 2011.  Any questions regarding this RFQ should be submitted in writing no later than May 9, 2011, and will be answered on the Office of Housing website no later than May 13, 2011.  All proposals must be received by the Office of Housing no later than noon on May 20, 2011.

Developers that have previously been qualified for the NSP program do not need to reapply.

Housing Inspectional Services Division

**PLEASE NOTE-The Housing Inspectional Services Division has moved to 70 Tapley Street as part of the reorganization of the Inspectional Services Division.  You can now access the Building Department, Permitting, Plumbing & Electrical, Zoning and Housing Inspectional Services Division in one convenient location**

The Housing Inspectional Services Division is responsible for enforcing the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code and City of Springfield Ordinances that regulate and improve the quality of Springfield’s public and private housing stock. 

Report a Code Violation
View or Print a copy of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code, Minimum Standards for Human Habitation
An overview of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code-Minimum Standards for Human Habitation

For construction, permitting, zoning, electrical and/or plumbing questions or to obtain a certificate of occupancy please contact the Building Department at (413)787-6031 or visit their website:

City of Springfield Building Code Enforcement website

For questions related to smoke and carbon monoxide detector certificates and/or oil fired heating questions please contact the Fire Department at (413)787-6400 or visit their website:

City of Springfield Fire Department website








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