What Is the McKnight Council?


If you live in McKnight, you are a member of the McKnight Neighborhood Council (MNC). A board of directors is elected annually that meets regularly and does the business of the Council. All MNC Board meetings are open to everyone and anyone.

The regular meetings of the MNC are the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-8 pm.  We currently meet at the Rebecca Johnson School at 55 Catharine Street.

We are a volunteer, non-profit organization. Our purpose is to preserve and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The Council considers such issues as housing, public safety, education, health, employment, youth, elderly, and other important aspects of people’s lives. We engage in a variety of activities that promote this purpose:

  • Monthly meetings
  • Public forums
  • Special informational meetings on specific topics
  • Social gatherings–block parties and community potlucks
  • Community building activities
  • Neighborhood clean-up campaigns
  • Advocacy for neighborhood needs with the City

Everyone who lives in the McKnight Neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts is a member and has the right to voice their opinion in any issue or decision that the Council takes up. Any adult (18 and over) has the right to vote in elections for the Board of Directors of the MNC.

Membership is free.
There is no membership fee.

The MNC maintains working relationships with various departments of the City of Springfield on behalf of the residents of the neighborhood. Therefore, McKnight residents have an opportunity to voice concerns to the MNC consider those issues. Once MNC takes a position on an issue, you can expect that it will be brought to the attention of the relevant City Department(s).

The MNC has established committees to deal with such issues. In addition, the MNC often arranges for City officials to hear directly from residents and to answer those concerns in public forums.

MNC is part of the process for applications within the McKnight Neighborhood regarding:

  • Liquor Licenses
  • Licenses to establish a new business
  • Design of new buildings (either residence or business)
  • Waivers of Historic District guidelines
  • Variances for zoning
  • Our role as a Neighborhood Council is to provide a hearing on the issue, solicit neighborhood input, and make a recommendation to the appropriate authority.