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Springfield releases Worthington Street planning study

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Plans to revitalize Springfield following the Worthington Street explosion almost two years ago, are starting to take shape. City officials and Develop Springfield announced their plans to turn the downtown area into an arts and entrepreneurship district.

Incorporating ideas that will improve economic development, pedestrian enhancement and improve public safety is how the city plans to create an arts and industry based district. Mayor Domenic Sarno said they want the city to appeal to younger and older residents looking for housing.

"Give them the eclectic mix they're looking for and give them market rate housing that they're looking for and also making these areas very pedestrian and vehicular friendly," said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

Sarno said they plan to improve public safety in that area by adding walking posts. Local downtown business owners are thrilled with the plans.

"This is just a Godsend really because it fits into the sorts of things we want to see happening," said resident Peter Newland.

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