- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield has launched a $20 million fundraising campaign to help cover new cost estimates to restore its historic downtown bell tower.

The effort announced Friday will allow the city to do extensive repairs to the century-old Campanile tower in Court Square. The landmark sits between Springfield’s City Hall and Symphony Hall.

Officials say the 275-foot-tall tower needs repairs to its corroded structural supports and limestone exterior. Its 12 bronze bells also will be restored and it belfry waterproofed and repaired. Also on the renovation list are its four-sided clock and an elevator.

The tower has been closed until the restoration can be carried out.

The fundraising is expected to take three years, and the repairs two years.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said the Campanile “reflects the aspirations and confidence that are now starting to permeate our city.”

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