1. Development in Chicopee Soars to New Heights

    Development in Chicopee Soars to New Heights

    Richard Kos says officials in Chicopee are doing all they can to foster good relationships with developers, government leaders, and local businesses, and their efforts have led to a strong surge in growth. “In 2016 the building department issued $31 million in building permits, but we anticipate that, by the end of the first half of 2017, we will more than double that amount,” the mayor said. Indeed, the list of projects in the planning stages or underway is not only lengthy but diverse in nature, ranging from new hotels to new and improved housing, a solar farm, business expansions ...

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    1. In 2016 the building department issued $31 million in building permits, but we anticipate that, by the end of the first half of 2017, we will more than double that amount.
    2. Chicopee has a can-do attitude, is business-friendly, and has officials who come up with optimal solutions to problems.
    3. The project will include a Starbucks, a Wendy's restaurant, an Irving gas station, and a sit-down restaurant that will be named later.
    4. In a time when people are losing faith in government, Chicopee has seen unprecedented cooperation between its leaders, locally and on the state level.
    5. The housing was an eyesore, in a state of disrepair that had become a hazard to the neighborhood due to vandalism, vagrants, and other problems.
    6. We gave the company permission to begin working at the site while the final details were being worked out.
    7. They worked under a very tight timeline and brought in electricians from all over New England, but there was complete cooperation between the company, the city, and the state, and the installation was finished on time.
    8. It's a wonderful reuse of the property that is great for the region.
    9. We'll try to repurpose four of the remaining 10 structures.
    10. Increasing a city's market-rate residential population is one of the real secrets of urban success.
    11. We're working to improve the affordable-housing stock within the city, and by collaborating with the state, VOC received a $3.1 million grant to help restore the Kendall House.
    12. The majority of these homes are in Chicopee Falls, Chicopee Center, and Willimansett, and the program continues to grow and pay dividends.
    13. It will preserve 348 jobs and result in 35 new ones.
    14. Chicopee is still the biggest small town in Massachusetts.
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