Saturday, August 29, 2015

Housing groups buy Woolson Block in Springfield

Housing Vermont Inc. and the Springfield Housing Authority on Thursday put $25,000 toward what they hope will be their future renovation of the downtown Woolson Block.


  1. I love what the current owner has done with the place, the two plywood windows look fantastic. If he could just paint them brown they match the plywood building a bit further up the street perfectly.

    The town needs to focus on the downtown area, they should dedicate someone to concentrate on bringing business in and cleaning up that area of town.

  2. 7:26am isn't what you are speaking of the Springfield on the move, the chamber of commerce's, and srdc's responsibility?

  3. The gentleman that bought this property prior to this did a lot work upstairs, but apparently not to code?? Who was inspecting his work??I know that many dumpster loads of demolition were taken out of there..Why is it now $4 million?? Something wrong here.

  4. Why is there plywood over the windows?? How did they get damaged?

  5. Aethelred the Unready8/31/15, 11:03 AM

    We have a person who is supposed to be dedicated to focusing on the downtown, she is the director of Springfield on the Move. Same one who unveiled the plan for downtown this Spring

  6. Ah, downtown reblightalization! Nothing more effective to continuing a town's blight than to allow for more low income housing to take root in the heart of downtown. I guess the town leaders don't think there's yet enough gun play or drug use for their cameras to document! To oblivion and beyond!

  7. How is it a non profit has the liquid funds to purchase and renovate a commercial property? Keep in mind SHA does not pay tax on appraised value. Thus, the rest of us working stiffs have to subsidize their properties. One more reason for working families to live elsewhere.

  8. Aethelred the Unready9/2/15, 10:53 AM

    Housing Authority does pay tax based on a Federal formula, and if they sink that much money into it, I suspect they would be paying a lot more tax than what is currently being paid. Hasn't the Housing Authority done a good job with the theater?

    1. The operative word being, "they." Last I knew they operated with my extracted wages. Allow unfettered free enterprise to prevail and prosperity will follow.


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