1. Mayor Reichelt's idea to lure breweries, businesses 'offering a fun social experience" gaining steam in West Springfield

    Mayor Reichelt's idea to lure breweries, businesses 'offering a fun social experience" gaining steam in West Springfield

    Mayor Will Reichelt's push to tweak the town's zoning regulations to make West Springfield a more "fun social experience" for residents and out-of-towners alike has earned support from the Planning Board and a committee that is reviewing the zoning regulations. On April 18, the Planning Board unanimously voted to issue a favorable report on the mayor's proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance to add recreational uses, breweries, distilleries and wineries to the town's industrial zoning district.

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    1. We have had a lot of interest from breweries that would love to come to West Springfield and just haven't been able to find a location the way the zoning is right now, so this would really open it up.
    2. This amendment targets breweries and places for indoor recreation specifically because they're known to become destinations that draw people from a wide radius, and thus are great for local economic development.
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