The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was created by state law (MGL Chapter 44B). It allows cities and towns to adopt a property tax surcharge to help fund projects that preserve the character of the community. Springfield voters adopted the CPA on November 8, 2016 and it went into effect on July 1, 2017.
The CPA fund is created via a 1.5% surcharge on real estate taxes for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. These charges first appeared on Fiscal Year 2018's 3rd and 4th quarter real estate bills. A statewide Community Preservation Act Trust Fund is also distributed to municipalities and is funded by Registry of Deeds fees.
Yes. CPA funds can only be used for Open Space & Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Community Housing. The Department of Revenue (DOR) Community Preservation Fund Allowable Spending Chart is a handy quick reference. The Community Preservation Coalition is a statewide resource and offers a detailed look at allowable uses.
The Historic Home Restoration program (HHP) is supported by the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and the City of Springfield. All funding for this program has been allocated by the Springfield Community Preservation Committee (SCPC). The program is open to owner-occupied houses in the following Local Historic Districts: Quadrangle-Mattoon, Forest Park Heights, McKnight, Maple Hill, Lower Maple, Ridgewood and Colony Hills.
Funding is targeted for exterior projects only including the restoration of original windows and doors, purchase and installation of energy efficient storm windows, restoration of porches, and exterior painting of the property. The program has limited funds and while this may change in the future, a sliding scale for eligibility will be used this year. If more applications are received than available funds, a lottery system will be used. Maximum $30,000 grant. If your preliminary application is selected, you will be invited to complete a full application.
The preliminary application is due on June 30, 2022.
Applications for the CPA 2022 grant funding cycle are now closed. Check back in February 2023 for information about next year’s funding.
The applicants below have submitted a project for funding in 2022 and their application is available to read by clicking on the linked title in the first column. Applicants are asked to make a five minute presentation to the Springfield Community Preservation Committee and the public is invited to watch on the scheduled dates below. The Committee will continue to meet remotely until further notice on the first Tuesday of each month and will add dates during the application season. The schedule of meetings can be found on the City calendar and can be viewed live on the Committee Facebook page at 6:00 p.m and is recorded for later viewing. www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee
|Project||Amount Requested||Category||Applicant||Presentation Date|
|Bay Path Cemetery Improvements||$182,000.00||Open Space & Historic Preservation||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 5, 2022|
|Godfrey Triangle Restoration Phase 2||$105,600.00||Open Space & Historic Preservation||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 5, 2022|
|Hennessy Park Improvements||$250,000.00||Recreation & Open Space||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 5, 2022|
|Marshall Roy Park Fitness||$68,516.00||Recreation & Open Space||East Springfield Neighborhood Council||April 5, 2022|
|Marshall Roy Park Improvements||$120,000.00||Recreation & Open Space||East Springfield Neighborhood Council||April 5, 2022|
|Merrick Park Improvements||$250,000.00||Recreation||Armory Quadrangle Civic Association||April 5, 2022|
|Myrtle Street Park Improvements||$250,000.00||Recreation & Open Space||Indian Orchard Citizens Council||April 5, 2022|
|Venture Pond - Phase 2||$250,000.00||Recreation & Open Space||Campus Neighbors of Springfield||April 5, 2022|
|Christ Church Cathedral 35/37 Chestnut St.||$250,000.00||Historic Preservation||Donna Burton, Christ Church Cathedral||April 26, 2022|
|Camp Angelina Trail||$250,000.00||Recreation||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 26, 2022|
|Dartmouth Terrace||$77,000.00||Open Space & Historic Preservation||McKnight Council||April 26, 2022|
|East Forest Park Enhancement||$19,500.00||Recreation||East Forest Park Civic Association||April 26, 2022|
|Florentine Gardens||$181,000.00||Historic Preservation||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 26, 2022|
|Indian Orchard Community Eco-Park||$100,000.00||Open Space & Recreation & Historic Preservation||Wellspring Cooperative Corporation||April 26, 2022|
|McKnight Dog Park||$45,000.00||Open Space & Recreation & Historic Preservation||McKnight Dog Walking Committee||April 26, 2022|
|Nahorniak Park||$250,000.00||Recreation & Open Space||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 26, 2022|
|Spanish-American War Monument||$132,500.00||Open Space & Historic Preservation||Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt||April 26, 2022|
|Affordable Ownership-Itendale St||$108,075.00||Community Housing||Springfield Offices of Housing & Disaster Recovery||May 3, 2022|
|275 Chestnut St Supportive Housing||$250,000.00||Community Housing||Home City Development||May 3, 2022|
|D'Amour Art Museum |
|$250,000.00||Historic Preservation||Kay Simpson, Springfield Museum Corp||May 3, 2022|
|Down Payment Assistance||$248,000.00||Community Housing||Robert DeMusis, Springfield Office of Housing||May 3, 2022|
|Gemini Townhomes||$500,000.00||Community Housing||Home City Development||May 3, 2022|
|Pre Development for Maple & Byers Streets||$80,000.00||Historic Preservation||Tina Quagliato, Springfield Office of Disaster Recovery||May 3, 2022|
|63 Mulberry St Renovations||$250,000.00||Historic Preservation||Victoria Capital Trust||May 3, 2022|
|Springfield Science Museum Cover Sheet||$211,761.00||Historic Preservation||Kay Simpson, Springfield Museum Corp||May 3, 2022|
If you need assistance with an application, please send an email to email@example.com or telephone 413-530-1268
Comments on any of the applications are accepted for consideration while the Committee deliberates.The Committee will then select projects to recommend to the Springfield City Council for funding. We cannot predict their schedule and it may be late September before the Council hears the recommendations. Send comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to Springfield Community Preservation Committee,36 Court Street,Springfield, MA 01103.
Implementation and recommending projects to the City Council for funding of the CPA in Springfield is overseen by the City's 9-member Community Preservation Committee. Representatives are appointed from each of the departments below and three neighborhood appointees by the City Council President.
- LaMar Cook, Neighborhood representative;
- Gloria DeFillipo, Planning Board representative;
- Juanita Martinez, Conservation Commission representative;
- Robert McCarroll, Chair, Springfield Preservation Trust representative;
- Rhonda Sherrell, Neighborhood representative;
- Judith Crowell, Historical Commission representative;
- Willie Thomas, Housing Authority representative;
- Clinton Harris, Park Commission representative
- Ralph Slate, Neighborhood representative
Members serve a three year term and are eligible for two consecutive three-year terms. Two Neighborhood Representative vacancies will be available in 2023.
- By email: email@example.com
- By telephone 413-530-1268
- On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee
- By mail: Community Preservation Committee, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield MA 01103
- To reach the Administrative Consultant: klee@Springfieldcityhall.com
Are there homeowner exemptions to the 1.5% surcharge?
YES! Households that qualify for low-income, or low or moderate-income housing, as defined by M.G.L. c. 44B, Section 2 are exempt from the CPA surcharge in its entirety. But you must fill out an application. The deadline for exemptions was 4/1/22 and will reopen again in January 2023.
Where can I find information about my historic home?
The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) database (inventory) has surveyed properties compiled by the Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) http://mhc-macris.net/
You can search local historic properties through the 1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA) https://www.springfieldpreservation.org/wpa/
Are there guidelines for restoring or repairing a historic home?
YES! The Secretary of the Interior's Standards has an extensive website for treatment of historic properties https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/treatment-guidelines-2017.pdf
Is there a list of projects previously funded? YES!
Where can I view an application?
Applications open in the Spring of each year and are now closed. See the 2022 application and cover sheet below. We hope to have a fillable form available for the 2023 cycle.
Community Preservation Act: http://www.communitypreservation.org/text-legislation
Community Preservation Ordinance: https://ecode360.com/32319903?highlight=community%20preservation%20committee#32319903
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