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December 29, 2008

State Approves $165,000 To Help Famous Springfield Building

Will Help Stabilize Building That Hosted Simpsons Movie In Wake Of July Fire

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state has approved an emergency request for money to help save the fire-damaged Ellis Block in Springfield, the building that houses the Springfield Theater and which hosted the world premiere of The Simpsons movie in 2007.

Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn said he approved the Town of Springfield's request for $165,000 in Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) funds to be used for the immediate stabilization of the Ellis Block.

“This is an important structure in downtown Springfield, both from a commercial and a housing standpoint,” Dorn said. “The Community Development Board met by telephone last week and recommended spending this money to seal the building and prevent any further deterioration over the winter.”

The money will be used for the clean up and stabilization of the Ellis Block building in the wake of the fire that partially destroyed the building on July 8, 2008.

The work will include removal of damaged and rotting building contents; demolition of the remaining roofing; and structural preparation and reconstruction to stabilize the building and make it weather-tight.

The money comes from the approximately $8 million Vermont receives annually in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which must be used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income.

“We're obviously very pleased that we were able to make these funds available to help save this important Springfield landmark,” Dorn said. “This expedited application was reviewed by our staff and approved within 30 days. That kind of skill and dedication will help to administer the roughly $19 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds we expect to receive next year.”

For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm

Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Last Updated at: December 29, 2008 15:02:30