Riverside Village nominated to the National Register of Historic Places


THE PLANT IS EXPECTED TO HIRE MORE THAN 150 PRODUCTION WORKERS IN SPRINGFIELD. JULIANA: THE RIVERSIDE VILLAGE IN GILL HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US FROM OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU TO TELL US THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AREA TO THE TOWN. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, GILL RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THIS HISTORIC VILLAGE ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER. THE RIVERSIDE VILLAGE ALONG ROUTE 2 IN GILL DATES BACK TO THE 1700S AND IS NOW CONSIDERED A RESIDENTIAL HISTORIC DISTRICT. IT WAS ONCE A NEIGHBORHOOD OF MILL WORKERS FROM THE TURNERS FALLS LUMBER COMPANY DURING THE LATE 1800S. IT’S DEVELOPMENT WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO ITS LOCATION ON THE CONNECTICUT RIVER. KIT CARPENTER: GILL HISTORIC COMMISSION IT’S A CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY, ITS A HARD WORKING ONE, IT REPRESENTS SOME OF THE FINEST PARTS OF GILL BECASUE IT REPRESENTS ALL THE INDUSTRY. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: CARPENTER TOLD 22NEWS PROPERTIES ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER USUALLY QUALIFY FOR GRANTS AND TAX INCENTIVES. THE RIVERSIDE VILLAGE WAS ONE OF 5 HISTORIC PLACES APPROVED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMISSION FOR NOMINATION TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. LIVE FROM THE FRANKLIN COUNTY

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