The history here has been one of hindering Petra and company for years. While some still don't get it, helping them, like this facade redo using grants and the like, helps all of Springfield far more than it helps the owners of the building. If all the buildings looked good, would it not be more likely to get more interest in coming to Main St? And doesn't it make you, a resident of Springfield, feel better too? Then the fact that a historic commercial structure is at least given some care to help insure it sticks around a bit longer. Isn't that worth more than any gain the owners get?
Help, not hinder.
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