Monday, May 18, 2015

Springfield loans $50,000 to SRDC for J&L environmental review

The town of Springfield has agreed to lends up to $50,000 interest-free to the Springfield Regional Development Corp. to do a final environmental report required before the development group can start the demolition of the old Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co.


  1. O, by the way I heard that the roof over heat treat area of the old Bryant building has fallen in. Did not the town just dump 50k into fixing the roof?
    Was not there research done on the hazardist waste under the j and l building in the past? This sounds smelley.

  2. speaking of loans.... Now that Vermont Machine Tool is gone, what is the status of the funds loaned to them? Have the tax payers been screwed once again?

  3. 6:02, there is indeed an odor associated with this loan to SRDC for the J&L building, and it's not emanating from the "brownfield".

    2:46, of course Springfield has been shafted. It's all in line with the town's official loan policy, which can be summarized by the following acronym: BOHICA!

  4. I've had this idea forever, and I wish people listened to me, because I think I know everything... just kidding, but...

    So, the facade of the building is like a beautiful brick wall to a "secret garden." I understand the inside needs to be cleaned up, and the roof is a historical feature, but it seems like, possibly saving the facade, removing the doors and windows, so the arches and openings just lead you into the area... I understand they might need to be reinforced, but wouldn't people volunteer and donate materials? Some people are invested in making the town nice. We have a local hardware store... There are talented carpenters and masons hidden amongst the people around here. Heck, I poured a footer and foundation which turned out awesome, by the way, and I just researched the heck out of it and did it myself. Imagine a beautiful park as you come into town... The garden club? Wildlife people? We can plant trees that attract butterflies and birds... And for goodness sake, It would be sad to see the architecture disappear.

    And a section of the historical roof could be kept erected on one end or in some part of it. It goes along the river, yeah? And It's near the Edgar May and the Bike Path... It could be very beautiful.


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