The $50 million rehabilitation of Skyview Downtown modernizes four outdated structures into a prominent and contemporary mixed-use asset, advancing the renaissance of Springfield, MA. Initially built in the 1970s, the multi-building campus includes a 33-story tower with a connected four-level parking garage, an 18-story building, and a nine-story building that connects to a five-story structure via a two-level parking garage. Included in the design scope is a new Springfield Police Department substation. The original campus was planned as a quadrangle by Frederick Law Olmsted, envisioned to reconnect the Washington arsenal to the riverfront, creating active pedestrian traffic and a gateway to the city.
Of the 489 units, 412 are affordable to households earning at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI), with 241 of those units receiving additional support from a project-based Section 8 rental assistance contract. The remaining 77 units are workforce housing units, affordable to households earning at or below 85% of AMI. Extensive renovation work involved enhancements to the building envelope, streetscape improvements, and the replacement of HVAC systems, windows, and elevators. Interior modifications modernized a large common area that overlooks the new MGM casino and provides residents with a new management center, mailroom, computer lounge, children’s playroom, and fitness center with views of the historic district. Unit refurbishments included bringing 25 units up to ADA standards for mobility-impaired households and 10 units for the hearing-impaired.
The property includes 19,000 square feet of newly renovated commercial space and is located just blocks from the Andrew Carnegie Museum, the library complex, retail, and walking trails. Local artists were commissioned to complete “then and now” portraits along the garage and retail storefronts, featuring inspirational people from the city’s past paired with a young person living in Springfield today.