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Future of Springfield Union station still undecided

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Approval of $2 million in local funding is all that stands between Springfield and rebuilding one of its historic landmarks.

It was built in 1926 but only 47 years later, Union Station was closed.

But city officials have ideas to reopen the historic station, saying the addition in the North End could revitalize the city.

"It is a project that the city has been working on for some time with state and federal partners," said Springfield City Council President James Ferrera.  

The $78 million restoration plan will be split into two phases and phase one could begin in the spring, where contractors will begin restoring the station's terminal, making the necessary changes to accommodate for PVTA, Amtrak, commuter rail and intercity busing.

But first the city council must approve $2.2 million in local funding to make it happen.

At a meeting Thursday night, there were not enough councilors present to approve the funding.

But councilors said it could happen very soon.

"Hopefully having a ground breaking in a few weeks," Ferrera said.

Penn National Gaming, who is proposing a casino in the North End, said their plans would include relocating Peter Pan bus lines to the newly renovated Union station.

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