- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Ongoing renovations at Springfield’s Union Station are beginning to pick up steam.

The Springfield Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1HtWA0v ) contractors have begun driving more than 200 pressure-injected footings for the project’s 6-floor, 377-space parking facility at what was once the site of the Hotel Charles at Frank B. Murray and Main streets.

Officials say the foundation work is just one aspect of the station project expected to gain momentum this summer.

Last week, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority approved $20 million worth of interior work at the station designated for windows and other fixtures. The interior has already been stripped in preparation for rebuilding.

The $88 million project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. It’s being funded by a combination of federal and state money.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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