Checking in with Springfield's Hurricane Michael recovery
Hurricane Michael tore through the Panhandle nearly two years ago, but many cities in our area are still recovering from the devastation, including Springfield.
Springfield officials say they’re making progress.
“The funding is finally starting to roll in a little bit,” said Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond. “Our debris bill is finally starting to go down. We had a little over $14 million, so we’re working on that.”
On Tuesday the city will begin tearing down 23 homes that filed for the private debris removal program. Hammond also says they’re also starting to see the construction of new housing in the area.
“I believe there’s a 68-unit complex going in at Detroit and 8th Street, that’s going to be a new facility,” said Hammond. “We got 112 new homes going in at the end of Avon Road."
Mayor Hammond said they also have plans to repair roadways, and they’re working with the National Park Service to renovate and add new local parks.
“Well, working real good together on a partnership where all the parks are interlinked,” said Mayor Hammond. “Some of them will be interlinked with other cities. Some things will be linked with the county. So it’ll be an exciting adventure when we get started on it.”
Hammond said National Park Service officials will present proposed plans for the parks at their next commission meeting in July.
He also said they’re planning to build a $19 million city complex which will house the fire department, city hall, public works and other departments whose buildings were destroyed by the hurricane.