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New England Public Radio

Project at a Glance:
Development Type:
Project Type:
Adaptive reuse of historic building
MHIC Financing:
$6,014,000 in NMTC financing
New England Public Radio Fundation

New England Public Radio (NEPR) was established in 1953 and since 1967 has been operating out of a cramped converted dormitory on the campus of UMass Amherst. Since the station has grown, its space has become increasingly crowded, inadequate and in poor condition. In spite of these constraints, NEPR has consistently produced and delivered outstanding award-winning program content to an estimated audience of 180-200,000 throughout mid-western New England. MHIC’s NMTC investment will help finance a new home for the station on Main Street in downtown Springfield. The station has purchased and will gut and totally renovate a condominium at the historic Fuller Block, tripling the amount of space the station has for studio and office space. This new headquarters will be transformational for the station in terms of programming and efficiencies, and it will inject vibrancy into the downtown area, with increased public event programming and pedestrian traffic. The station intends to increase its staff of 34 by at least 4.5 new positions.