Springfield Gets $25m Federal Tornado Aid Settlement To Fund Projects

Springfield officials announced Monday the approval of $25 million in reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency stemming from the June, 2011 tornado.  Mayor Domenic Sarno says FEMA had initially approved just $4.2 million to cover the damage of city-owned facilities. But he says persistent appeals and methodical planning allowed the city to get nearly 6 times that amount.

“And this not only reinvigorates the areas that were affected, but starts the continued transformation of the city of Springfield, highlighting our positive and tackling our urban challenges.”

The money will primarily fund four projects, including a new community center in the city’s South End, and the renovation of a former army center into a training academy for the Springfield Police. Commissioner William Fitchet says the facility will have other uses as well.

“And not the least of which is a juvenile unit; the assessment center. Property room…we’re busting at the seams at the Springfield Police Department for the storage of evidence.”

All told, Springfield has received nearly $90 million from various state and federal sources to rebuild tornado-damaged facilities.