Friday, October 21, 2016

Housing groups buy Woolson Block

It's official: The landmark Woolson Block is now owned by a partnership of the Springfield Housing Authority and Housing Vermont, which have plans to completely renovate the run-down 1868 downtown block.    


  1. Well, at least we have a year before at-risk youths are our primary downtown residents. What retail businesses are going to want them as their upstairs neighbors, I wonder.

  2. I'm confused, what is the typical bio on our soon to be residents? Are they juveniles or adults? Sounds to me like they are beyond "at risk," more likely, junior felons. Maybe Rutland will trade us some Syrian terrorists?

  3. It's official, Springfield and its downtown can now be declared dead.

  4. Do you honestly believe supervised youth will make worse downtown residents than the drug dealers, addicts, wannabe gangsters and criminals who were there before Morlock bought it? I think a place to house young folks who are trying to get their lives together just might be exactly what this town needs to combat the drugs and crime that have gained such a hold on the youth of this town.

    1. And just what would the difference be?

  5. George T. McNaughton10/24/16, 5:04 PM

    This is the same collaborative effort which renovated the theater after it burned. The Housing Authority has stated that it will retain ultimate responsibility for screening the tenants and keeping the housing projects under control. They did an excellent job of restoring the theater, and they are working on a design which will avoid the loitering in front of the building which occurred under the previous private owner. This can be a major step forward in restoring the downtown and getting tenants back in the retail portions of the building. I personally view the theater project as the gold-standard for a public/private partnered redevelopment, and expect the same outcome for this project.


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