Gov. Baker announces $21M grant awarded to Westfield State University

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Governor Charlie Baker announced state funding for a major project at Westfield State University on Tuesday.

The governor signed an act providing for capital repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth, and in result that will give Westfield State University $21.25 million.

Westfield State University plans to use that $21 million to renovate Parenzo Hall which is the oldest building on campus.

"He said it was built in 1956, and I said gee that's the year I was born, and said I certainly feel like I could use an overhaul. I can't imagine why you would feel any differently," said Baker.

The university will match the funds to make it a $40 million project.

"The winners of this project is going to be our students. 94 percent of whom are the sons and daughters of Massachusetts," Baker continued.

The act will provide $3.9 billion overall for those colleges in the state to renovate and stay up-to-date.

"As the conversation continued, took place between our administration, the legislature, higher ed, this is one of those projects that should get done," Baker noted.

The building will be renovated into a state-of-the-art center for innovation in education and industry partnerships as well as student success and engagement.

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