1. Owner of Skyview Downtown apartments in Springfield defends renovation work in response to union protest

    Owner of Skyview Downtown apartments in Springfield defends renovation work in response to union protest

    The company that recently launched a $50 million renovation of the Skyview Downtown apartments is defending the work following a protest earlier this week by local building trades unions. Related Companies, of New York City, which owns the property, said through a Springfield lawyer, Melinda M. Phelps, that the first phase of work is being done primarily by Springfield-area subcontractors, and primarily by union labor.

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    1. This is a private company making a significant investment in the city of Springfield, and particularly for the residents of 489 units.
    2. We need to put Springfield residents back to work.
    3. Those subcontractors — 87% are from the Springfield area, 92% are from Massachusetts, and 86% are union contractors.
    4. This is not a government project, so it is not bid at the state or City Level.
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