1. Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

    Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation and its four industrial parks developed on land vacated by the military.  “The fear was we were going to lose all the economic spin-off that came from the 8,000 people who had lived there,” said Allan W. Blair, president of Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation.  In 1973 the military decided to convert Westover, built in 1939 as a Strategic Air Command Base, to the first free-standing Air Force Reserve base, said Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, public relations technician for Westover.

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    1. The fear was we were going to lose all the economic spin-off that came from the 8,000 people who had lived there.
    2. It was creating a big vacancy when all the people went away. It was scary.
    3. He knew everything about the base and he was the logical person to take it over.
    4. All this area is flat there is sandy soil so there is good drainage and good access to highways.
    5. It came together with a combination of business and leisure travel and showed it could work but the company went bankrupt.
    6. Thirty-two years after we opened we still haven't found our niche.
    7. One of the advantages of this property is potential businesses could be seen from the Mass Turnpike.
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