FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2016
Contact: Todd Ford, Executive Director: tford@hampshire-power.mystagingwebsite.com (413) 584-1300 x121

Funds to help restore the Historic Courthouse at Main and King in Northampton

Florence Bank of Northampton today announced its gift of $25,000 to the nonprofit Hampshire Foundation, a 501(c)3 administered by HCG. The gift, to be issued over five years, will benefit the capital campaign for the historic Hampshire County Courthouse at the intersection of Main and King Streets in Northampton.
The Hampshire Foundation was created to raise money for the restoration of the Old Courthouse, the historic Northampton building in which the organization resides.The Courthouse is an icon, one of the most striking landmarks in the City, and it is known as the “front lawn of Northampton.” But slowly, the 127-year-old building has slipped into decline and decay. Now, whole portions of the building are unusable, while other areas are becoming unsafe.

The Massachusetts legislature has approved a bond bill for $4 Million to cover the bulk of the needed renovations, but so far only $500,000 of this bond has been released. Last year HCG used the available funds for the replacement of the building’s front and back stairways. Both stairways were brought up to code while retaining their historic character.
John F. Heaps, Jr., President and CEO of Florence Bank, said, “We are pleased to support the efforts of the Hampshire Foundation and their work to preserve this Northampton landmark.” He continued, “We are fortunate to live in a region that is so rich with history, and the preservation of that sense of history is important to all of us.”

“We’re thrilled that Florence Bank has made this commitment to the history and infrastructure of Downtown Northampton,” said Todd Ford, Executive Director of HCG. He continued, “Banks, businesses, and community leaders have been generous in their support. The Courthouse is a true community resource, and we are committed to maintaining it for generations to come. Florence Bank has always been at the forefront of community investment, and their long-standing commitment to Downtown Northampton is once again evident with this gift. We are grateful.”

The Downtown Summer Concert Series, held every year on the lawn of the Old Courthouse, will begin this Friday July 22.
To participate in the restoration of the Historic Courthouse, visit www.RestoreTheCourthouse.org. All donations are tax deductible and go toward the preservation of the building and grounds. Florence Bank is a mutually-owned savings bank chartered in 1873. Currently, the Bank serves the Pioneer Valley through 9 full-service branch locations in Florence, Northampton, Easthampton, Williamsburg, Amherst, Hadley, Belchertown and Granby as well as through 27 ATMs and a loan production office in West Springfield. Florence Bank offers a wide range of financial services including investment management through FSB Financial Group (FSBFG) to consumers and businesses. John F. Heaps Jr. is the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Main headquarters are at 85 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062. For additional information about the Bank or its services please visit www.florencebank.com or call 413-586-1300.

HCG is a consortium of towns solving local problems by acting regionally. In 1998 the residents of Hampshire County voted to charter the Hampshire Council of Governments as the successor to Hampshire County. We are a body politic and corporate; our charter ratified by the voters and by Massachusetts General Law 34B, §20(b). Our offices are still in the same place they have been since 1662, at the corner of King and Main in downtown Northampton.