1. Articles from Jim Kinney

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    1. MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday

      MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday

      he first six Springfield-built Orange Line cars go into service Wednesday at Wellington Station in Medford, the MBTA announced Monday. All told, Springfield-based CRRC MA has shipped 10 of the cars — at a cost of $2.43 million each — to the Boston-area transit system, said CRRC spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. The cars go into service as six-car trainsets.

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    2. For Eric Suher’s empty Northampton storefronts, looks are deceiving, says real estate firm hired to market them

      For Eric Suher’s empty Northampton storefronts, looks are deceiving, says real estate firm hired to market them

      Nearly two years ago property owner Eric Suher and Patrick M. Goggins, president of Goggins Real Estate, announced that Goggins would market 15 of the entertainment mogul’s vacant storefronts and properties, with the hope of filling high-profile spaces on Main and Pleasant streets with new tenants. Today, many of those locations are still vacant. Goggins, a former city council president, blames the vacancies on the state’s slow pace in issuing licenses to recreational, or “adult use” marijuana retailers who have options on some, but not all, of Suher’s spaces.

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    3. New Big Y distribution center in Springfield -- the size of 10 football fields -- adding 32 workers when it opens in 2020

      New Big Y distribution center in Springfield -- the size of 10 football fields -- adding 32 workers when it opens in 2020

      Big Y’s massive addition, now under construction at its Roosevelt Avenue headquarters, isn’t a warehouse, according to president and CEO Charles D’Amour: It’s a distribution center with an emphasis on freshness. “We don’t warehouse product here,” D’Amour said Wednesday at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $46-million expansion project. “We bring it in, and we move it out. It’s like an accordion, filling up throughout the week and emptying for the weekend.”

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    4. Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developers has plans for parking lot

      Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developers has plans for parking lot

      The Holyoke Mall sold off two pieces of property in July, one to a construction union planning an apprentice training center and one to the owner of a neighboring commercial property who has plans for redevelopment. Both transactions — together valued at more than $3.3 million and totaling 13 acres — were made public by filings at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    5. ‘There is demand’: Owner sees success in rehab of former Southworth mill in West Springfield

      ‘There is demand’: Owner sees success in rehab of former Southworth mill in West Springfield

      Frank McIntyre has followed a simple strategy since buying two of the former Southworth Paper mill buildings at 150 Front St. in West Springfield in 2013. "I picked the easiest parts to fix and did them first," McIntyre said. "Then as people wanted space, I put up walls and moved on to the next spot." The last spot, on the ground floor, is a doozy. It’s a soaring bay of former factory space where Southworth once had its papermaking machine. There is still a hole in the floor where the machine, long since sold to Pakistan by the now ...

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    6. Redevelopment proposals for Springfield’s former York Street Jail site include apartments, hotels

      Redevelopment proposals for Springfield’s former York Street Jail site include apartments, hotels

      The unused York Street Jail site on West Columbus Avenue could be home to 70 to 100 apartments, according to one of three proposals the Springfield Redevelopment Authority has received. The property might still become a hotel, a proposal that became public back in March. Developers Dinesh Patel of East Longmeadow and Vid Mitta of Lexington — also two of the investors who own Tower Square and the Tower Square Hotel — submitted the apartment idea in response to a request for proposals put out earlier this month by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the 2.5-acre former jail parcel.

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    7. Berkshire delegation says east-west rail means trains, not slower, cheaper bus service

      Berkshire delegation says east-west rail means trains, not slower, cheaper bus service

      East-west passenger rail from Boston through Worcester and Springfield should not rely on a bus link to reach Pittsfield, the Berkshire County delegation to the state Legislature reiterated this week. The five lawmakers expressed their concerns in a letter to state transportation officials Monday, one week after state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, voiced his opposition to bus links during a meeting in Springfield. Pignatelli’s remarks to the East West Passenger Rail Advisory Committee prompted applause from business and civic leaders representing the Berkshires.

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    8. MassMutual Foundation donates $1.5M for Way Finders Housing Center at former Peter Pan site

      MassMutual Foundation donates $1.5M for Way Finders Housing Center at former Peter Pan site

      The MassMutual Foundation has donated $1.5 million to Way Finders toward the new Housing Center the agency is building at the former Peter Pan Bus Lines site at 1780 Main St. MassMutual Foundation announced the donation Tuesday. The $1.5 million, along with some other donations, puts Way Finders 75% of the way to its fundraising goal of raising $2.5 million for the $16.8 million building, said Peter A. Gagliardi, chief executive officer of Way Finders.

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    9. Cash-strapped Hampshire College may develop some of its 800 acres for housing, commercial use

      Cash-strapped Hampshire College may develop some of its 800 acres for housing, commercial use

      Financially strapped Hampshire College will one one day turn some of its 800-acre campus into housing or commercial space as one way of insuring its future. “In due time and for its benefit, Hampshire will develop some of this acreage in mission-aligned ways,” college interim president Kenneth Rosenthal said Friday during a public meeting with state Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago at Amherst Town Hall.

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    10. Longmeadow’s historic Brewer-Young mansion nears rebirth; coworking space, offices planned (photos, video)

      Longmeadow’s historic Brewer-Young mansion nears rebirth; coworking space, offices planned (photos, video)

      With his father, Ted Eayrs, lifting ever so gently with a razor blade, Walter Eayrs slid the thin tube of a glue syringe behind the sagging wallpaper of the Brewer-Young mansion. This Zuber wallpaper — similar to what’s hanging in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House — has decorated the grand front hallway and staircase since soon after the 734 Longmeadow St. mansion was built in 1885.

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    11. MassDOT: Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield passenger rail must balance speed, cost and convenience

      MassDOT: Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield passenger rail must balance speed, cost and convenience

      A commuter train trip from Springfield to Boston could take between 80 and 105 minutes, but only if the state builds a new rail line along the MassPike and connects it to historic Springfield Union Station and Worcester Union Station. But the trip is only marginally longer — about 90 minutes to just under two hours — if new rails are built basically along the existing freight rights of way with curves straightened out, according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation analysis released Tuesday.

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    12. Savage Arms of Westfield, independent again, plans to expand

      Savage Arms of Westfield, independent again, plans to expand

      Savage Arms, newly acquired by a group of private investors headed by CEO and President Al Kasper, will soon be looking to expand as it takes advantage of its new independence. “We’ll be looking for acquisition opportunities,” Kasper said in a recent interview. “Businesses that are in the same space in the marketplace where we are and that will allow us to take full advantage of our manufacturing capabilities.”

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    13. Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop

      Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop

      Sheila Coon and her Hot Oven Cookies have made enough dough to fund making more dough. Coon's cookie-fueled expansion plan that will see Hot Oven Cookies open a manufacturing and production hub in Agawam in a former pizzeria at 369 Walnut St., probably in September that will work in tandem with a bakery Coon and her husband, David Coon, opened last year at 1597 Main St., in Springfield's historic Worthington Building at the SilverBrick Lofts complex.

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    14. Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      The new owners of the old Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture buildings on Elm Street in the heart of the city’s downtown business district plan to begin $1 million worth of renovations in as little as two weeks. "We want to clean the thing up immediately," said Eugene J. Borowski Jr. "Structurally the building is in great shape." Borowski, owner Beyond Builders, heads a group of investors who bought the buildings at 81-83 Elm St. and at 87-89 Elm St. for $275,000, according to a deed filed Monday at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    15. New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      The new owner of the old Strathmore Mill #2 in Russell has begun working on the property while he considers plans for reuse and redevelopment. “I really don’t have any 100% set plans,” said Jacob Trudeau of Pittsfield. “I really just want to get it cleaned out. The real goal is just to get it clean, get the outside clean and get it in better shape.” Trudeau said he’s been talking with experts in mill redevelopment and might have more to share in a few weeks.

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    16. Edward Wingenbach, Hampshire College’s new president, ‘understands the challenges,’ say those who made the hire

      Edward Wingenbach, Hampshire College’s new president, ‘understands the challenges,’ say those who made the hire

      Hampshire College’s new president, Edward Wingenbach, has already raised morale at the beleaguered liberal arts college. Now he’s got to start raising money. “I think there is a new attitude and new energy here,” said Luis Hernendez, a member of the founding class of 1970 and chairman of the Hampshire board of trustees. “Sometimes, when you are in the midst of challenges, its easy to get down, to lose hope. In order to be a leader, you need confidence and you need to instill confidence that we’ll get through this.”

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    17. Savage Arms bought by management-led investors for $170 million; company employs about 300 in Westfield

      Savage Arms bought by management-led investors for $170 million; company employs about 300 in Westfield

      Investors led by Savage Arms CEO and President Al Kasper purchased the gun manufacturer from sporting goods conglomerate Vista Outdoor for $170 million earlier this month. Savage, which employs about 300 workers at its Westfield factory and headquarters, is one of the city’s largest private employers. Savage also has a rifle factory in Ontario, Canada.

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    18. Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      The intensive care units at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, along with a pediatric unit at Noble, are essential services “necessary for preserving access and health,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ruled. That means that Baystate Health must submit detailed information before it can move forward with plans to close the three units at the end of August. The state is asking for information on patient travel times, transportation needs, language difficulties and other factors.

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    19. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Medical device manufacturer Dielectrics is seeing its business grow thanks to new technologies and products — but it is having trouble hiring workers to keep up with demand. “Finding skilled people with experience is very difficult,” said Mario Godbout, senior director of manufacturing for the 300 Burnett Road business. “We are always hiring. We’ve taken the approach that we have to build from within and train our employees.”

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    20. West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests, watershed

      West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests, watershed

      Trees covering 15,000 acres of watershed and parkland in West Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield stand to make more than $2 million for the three cities over the next 10 years. And all the trees must do is breathe. The Tri-City Carbon Sequestration Program converts those trees — and what they take in in carbon dioxide and give off in life-giving oxygen — into carbon credits that are then sold to developers looking to offset the impact of their projects.

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    21. River Valley Co-op exceeds $5 million financing goal for Easthampton store

      River Valley Co-op exceeds $5 million financing goal for Easthampton store

      River Valley Co-op said this week that members have loaned $5.2 million toward its new store in Easthampton. That exceeded the co-op’s goal of raising $5 million. The loans came form 300 members. Total development costs are projected to be about $17 million. The co-op expects more economic development financing from other sources, according to a news release. River Valley Co-op opened its first store at 330 North King St. in Northampton in 2008. It said it expects construction of the Easthampton store to begin this fall and for the store to be open in the fall of ...

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    22. Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport wants to highlight local businesses and is looking for vendors who want to rent kiosks in a refurbished food court within the security checkpoints in Terminal A. The offer is good to local businesses across Bradley’s service territory in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts that sell specialty retail items or fully prepared, prepackaged food, according to a news release.

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    23. Work begins on Westfield Planet Fitness project; contracts go out to bid soon for Route 20 improvements

      Work begins on Westfield Planet Fitness project; contracts go out to bid soon for Route 20 improvements

      Construction has begun on a Planet Fitness, a nearly 18,000-square-foot commercial building, at 99 Springfield Road (Route 20) on Westfield’s busy commercial corridor. Owner Nabil Hannoush said the hope is to have the building completed in January. The existing Expert Fitness gym next door will be folded into the new Planet Fitness business and the memberships will be combined in the new facility.

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