Agawam officials show support for building new courthouse in Springfield


AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Some Agawam town officials want to show their support for a new courthouse in Springfield.

Councilwoman Cecilia Calabrese told Western Mass News that a resolution will soon be brought to council urging state officials to conduct a feasibility study to replace the Roderick Ireland Courthouse.

Earlier this month, an independent report showed the courthouse contained toxic and carcinogenic mold.

This happened after the building was closed for two weeks last summer to address mold issues.

“One of the things we’ve done in the past since Agawam that has had some success in moving the issues forward is resolution,” Councilor Calabrese told us. “And basically, listen, you have to work together. The Asset Management and Maintenance Division and the Trial Courts are the two organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that must work together.

Calabrese said his resolution will be voted on in two weeks.

Going forward, the state said it is planning a $91 million renovation of the courthouse, but that won’t begin until 2024.

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