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Community undertaking wide range of construction and renovation projects

The Sisters of Providence have moved ahead with a number of renovation/repair projects in recent months.

de Paul Center:
The entire second floor of the de Paul Center in West Springfield is being readied for occupancy by the building’s newest tenant, the Center for Human Development (CHD). Locklin Construction of West Springfield, general contractor for the project, anticipates a November completion.


CHD renovationfuture parking

The demolition phase involved the removal of doors and the breakdown of concrete walls related to former individual bathrooms and closets. Heating, lighting and other fixtures were recycled. Current work involves a complete upgrade of the building’s plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as new carpeting and painting.

CHD expects to employ a staff of about 50 there, and, according to John Wesolowski, the Congregation’s CFO and Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation’s Director of Operations, a new, adjacent parking lot for CHD staff has been designed and will be completed in the next few months.

A second project at the de Paul Center relates to the renovation of storage space for three additional offices for another tenant, the Mercy LIFE (PACE) program, on the building’s ground floor.

The Hillside Campus:
The Sisters of Providence are replacing existing fencing (below) along The Hillside at Providence campus perimeter with a black chain- link fence parallel with parts of Riverdale St. and Highland Ave.

Part of the fencing to be replaced along Riverdale Street

Calvary Cemetery:
Another Community project, with completion expected before the end of the summer, is the installation of an underground sprinkler system in the Congregation’s Calvary Cemetery on Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke. Previous Cemetery work included the addition of Foundress Mother Mary of Providence Horan’s birth and death dates on her headstone, and the removal of a storage area on the Cemetery property.

Mother Mary of Providence's headstone

Community House:
Also, the final touches have been put on the Sisters’ Community House in Groton Long Point, Conn. In recent months, the house was refurbished with new flooring in both the kitchen and bathrooms, new carpeting, and painting throughout.

New carpeting in Groton


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