Mayor Sarno Names Amanda Pham New Springfield Redevelopment Authority Executive Director
- First Ever Female to Head the SRA -
~ Thanks to Retiring Executive Director Christopher Moskal ~
Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today named Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA) Deputy Director Amanda Pham as its new Executive Director. With Mayor Sarno’s appointment, Deputy Director Pham becomes the first female ever to lead the SRA in the City’s history. She will follow in the footsteps of retiring Executive Director Christopher Moskal. Executive Director Pham begins her new role on August 3, 2021.
Mayor Sarno states, “First of all, my many thanks to Chris for all his years of dedicated service. He has always been such a professional and humble public servant, with a ‘can do attitude’ through many economic development projects and natural disaster situations. I wish him all the best.”
Mayor Sarno continues in commending and thanking new incoming Executive Director Amanda Pham, stating, “She’s done an excellent job with the operations and the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the SRA. She is well positioned to take the reins and help lead my administration towards more economic development successes.”
Chief Development Officer Timothy Sheehan stated, “The selection of Amanda Pham for the position of Executive Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA), is made with the clear understanding that she possesses the requisite experience, institutional knowledge and understanding of the important role that the SRA plays in the advancement of the city’s overall economic development agenda. I am confident that she will hit the ground running day one with the current portfolio of projects being managed by the SRA and that she has the skills necessary to take on those projects that will come to the SRA in the future. Her elevation to the role of Executive Director ensures that the SRA’s role in Springfield will continue to expand.”
SRA Executive Director Christopher Moskal states, “Conscientious, competent, thorough, on-target and civic minded. These are the attributes that quickly come to mind about Amanda Pham. She is a superb choice to lead the Springfield Redevelopment Authority with an extensive background in planning, managing, and financing complex development projects. She is an effective consensus builder with experience in working with community groups throughout the city. She will step into this new role without skipping a beat.” SRA Board Chairperson Armando Feliciano stated, “Chris Moskal was a sincere pleasure to work with. A dedicated public servant with a humble heart. He cared for and loved this city. He worked diligently on all projects and developed good relationships with the board and outside interests. On behalf of the board, we will miss him.”
Feliciano continued, “I want to thank Mayor Sarno for making a great decision in choosing Amanda Pham as Chris's successor, demonstrating his commitment to Inclusion. She has been instrumental in aligning all our procurement and budget aspects, and working with minority contractors to help increase diversity. Most importantly, Amanda as Deputy Director will step into her new role providing continuity to the SRA.”
SRA Deputy Director and Chief Procurement Officer Amanda Pham stated, “I am truly honored and humbled to accept the position of Executive Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. I am excited to continue my 11+ years of service with the Redevelopment Authority and look forward to working with the City on many new projects to come! I want to thank the Mayor, the SRA Board, the “soon to be retired” Executive Director, Christopher Moskal, and Chief Development Officer, Timothy Sheehan for their confidence in me to lead the Authority.”
Vanessa Ford Sings Star-Spangled Banner at Union Station
The Springfield Redevelopment Authority is a corporate and political body established by the City of Springfield on June 24, 1960. Over the past fifty years, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority has been a key component in keeping the City of Springfield a vital place. Through broad development powers afforded by Section 46 of Chapter 121B, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority buys and sells property, acquires property through eminent domain, and constructs, finances and maintains properties throughout the City. The five member board is comprised of four Mayoral appointments plus the director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Since its creation 50 years ago, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority has been involved in more than 35 Urban Renewal Plans throughout the City.
Board Members Armando Feliciano - Chairperson Dot Lortie - Vice Chair Fiore Grassetti - At Large Gloria Torres - Treasurer
Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal
Deputy Director & Chief Procurement Officer Amanda Pham
General Counsel Thomas D. Moore
SRA Court Square Project One Step Away From Becoming a Reality
07/14/2021 - SPRINGFIELD — Expect construction work to begin in the fourth quarter of this year on the long-awaited and much delayed rehab of 31 Elm Street Court Square project in the heart of downtown.
“It’s happening,” said Peter A. Picknelly of developer OPAL, at a press conference on Wednesday. “Two years from now, we will be cutting the ribbon.”
His father, Peter L. Picknelly, had tried to rehab the building with the first of a series of proposals going back more than 30 years.
The news conference hosted outdoors was to name Fontaine Brothers of Springfield as the general contractor for the project. The $50 million project is expected to employ 100 to 120 union construction workers, said Colton Andrews, president of the Pioneer Valley Building Trades Council.
“The next step is to get Fontaine Brothers working,” said Michael O’Brien of WinnDevelopment, OPAL’s partner on the project. “The building is stable. But winter really does a number on the exterior, the freeze-thaw cycle. Time is not our friend.”
Picknelly described a ground-level restaurant with room for 200 patrons and a n outside patio. It’s a restaurant project his partner and friend, the late Andy Yee, often discussed when the subject of 31 Elm Street came up.
Nice to be home: Hispanic-American Library supporters praise new site at Springfield Union Station
06/17/2021 - It’s nice to be home.
That was a theme on Friday as organizers and supporters of the Hispanic-American Library gathered on Friday for the grand opening of the Hispanic-American Library’s new home at Union Station on Frank B. Murray Street.
The new leased location is in a vacant, 1,100 square foot storefront in the station’s concourse, adjacent to a Dunkin’ Donuts.
“It feels awesome to have a home,” said Juan R. Falcon, executive director of the library organization. “Mi casa es su casa, translation, my home is your home. Anytime, please come in, spend some time with us and let’s go do this together.”
The library had previously been a tenant of the New North Citizens Council, and years ago was located at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. There have been tough times financially, but the library has collaborations with many educational and cultural groups and has private and public funding, officials said.
Those attending the ribbon cutting ceremony included U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, state Sen. Adam Gomez, state Reps. Carlos Gonzalez and Brian Ashe, and City Councilors Gumersindo Gomez, Victor Davila, Melvin Edwards, Justin Hurst, Jesse Lederman, and Tracye Whitfield, and School Committee member Maria Perez, and Sheriff Nick Cocchi..
The library provides educational and cultural programs and activities, stressing the achievements of Latin Americans locally, regionally, nationally and beyond, the group said. It includes education programs for young children and the site has a computer lab for youth.
Click on the above image to view maps of the current active Urban Renewal Areas in the City of Springfield.
The Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA) serves the City of Springfield, using its resources to aid Economic Development for its residents:
Help restore blighted properties, improving the quality of life in city neighborhoods while improving the tax base within Springfield.
Improve economic conditions in the city by:
supporting projects that encourage employment opportunities for Springfield residents with emphasis on women, minorities, and veterans
overseeing programs providing assistance to lower-income families
fostering a supportive environment for small-, woman-, and minority-owned businesses
Support meaningful economic development activities throughout the city with open and transparent governance.
The Authority has adopted a resolution to promote job creation for Springfield residents, in the area of construction, as well as permanent business employment at all of the parcels disposed for development by the Authority.
Subject to the approval of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and the limited powers granted to urban renewal agencies in the Commonwealth under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 121B, parties purchasing and developing SRA property will be asked to make best efforts to have every contractor and the end users of the site produce full time employment in the construction and business uses for Springfield residents.
Submissions to the SRA for the sale and development of real property shall contain estimates of construction jobs anticipated to be created. On a quarterly basis, purchasers will submit information stating the percentages of the Springfield residents (with emphasis on women, minority, and veterans) hired on the project. The SRA may publish on its website and in other public venues, the project and its associated job creation information.
The SRA strongly urges redevelopers to utilize woman/minority and small enterprises for their project work and, when possible, will consider these priorities in its disposition decisions.
Opal-Winn, preferred developers for the Court Square Project, inch closer to commencing rehabilitation of this historic property.
SPRINGFIELD - A development group proposing a $55 million renovation of the long-vacant historic Elm Street block at Court Square told city councilors on Monday they are on the brink of securing full financing for the project.
Michael V. O’Brien, executive vice president of WinnCompanies of Boston, said his company and co-developer Opal Real Estate, of Springfield, are working to secure the final 10 percent of financing, about $5 million, to move forward with the renovation-historic restoration project at 13-31 Elm St.
WinnCompanies and Opal are proposing primarily market-rate housing for the six-story building, along with commercial tenants on the first floor. Local businessman Peter A. Picknelly is part of the development team.
An offer of $11 million from MGM Springfield, as part of its commitment to bring market rate-rate housing to the downtown area, is a critical source of funds, officials said.
Councilors hailed the news that the project could begin by the end of 2019 if the financing gap is closed. Read More
Located on the corner of Dwight St and Harrison Avenue, "Parcel 3" is presently a 244-space parking lot serving TD Bank, and leased to New Marlboro Corporation. Future development will support further downtown expanision.
Indian Orchard Business Park
Fully occupied park containing Eversource Solar Farm and Wellspring Harvest Hydroponic Farming center.
Smith & Wesson Industrial Park
The Smith & Wesson Industrial Park is fully occupied.
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