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    1. Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

      Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

      Northern Tree Service was recently granted city approval to move forward with plans for a clean-wood-waste processing facility on Bay Street that will benefit the city financially and transform a blighted former junkyard. The city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development approved the application for the waste wood business this month after receiving a legal opinion the Law Department that the project does not need a special permit from the City Council.

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    2. Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      The manager of the Art-e'-Pizza restaurant downtown informed the city License Commission this week that the business will change its menu to Thai and other Southeast Asian food. The commission approved the request by restaurant manager Charles Becker to change the name of the business to Sok’s Siam to reflect the new plans. The restaurant-bar is located at 272 Worthington St. The new menu should be ready by September or October, Becker said

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    3. Springfield-themed socks matched with downtown Visitors Center

      Springfield-themed socks matched with downtown Visitors Center

      Leonard Underwood is hoping that his unique shop, Upscale Socks, and its new Springfield-themed socks, are a great match for its new downtown location at the William C. Sullivan Regional Visitors Center. “I’m really humbled by this opportunity,” Underwood said, during an unveiling of the new design at the Visitors Center on Wednesday. “I’m thankful to have the support of the city for this new addition to the Upscale Socks collection."

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    4. Low-interest loans assisted two new downtown restaurants; Springfield seeks more applicants

      Low-interest loans assisted two new downtown restaurants; Springfield seeks more applicants

      City officials say they are pleased a low-interest federal loan program has helped bring two new restaurants to the downtown in the past year. They hope more businesses will apply, but advise them to bring patience to the table. The city began accepting applications for the $1.5 million Downtown Dining District Loan Fund in February of 2017. The program is intended to expand and enhance the downtown dining experience.

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    5. Springfield’s Tower Square food court adds healthy options with Revitalize Superfoods

      Springfield’s Tower Square food court adds healthy options with Revitalize Superfoods

      Having announced several large and small new tenants in the past year, the owners of Tower Square on Wednesday welcomed a new restaurant that specializes in healthy foods. City officials, representatives of Tower Square, the business owner and many family members and supporters gathered Wednesday to announce the opening of Revitalize Superfoods, which fills the food court’s last available space.

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    6. Victor Bruno seeks to sell Adolfo’s Ristorante, Art-e’-Pizza in downtown Springfield

      Victor Bruno seeks to sell Adolfo’s Ristorante, Art-e’-Pizza in downtown Springfield

      Local businessman Victor Bruno, saying he wants to spend more time with his family, confirmed on Tuesday that he is planning to sell his downtown eateries Adolfo’s Ristorante and Art-e’-Pizza. Adolfo’s, 254 Worthington St., was listed for sale on Tuesday, but the listing is for the business, not the property. The business includes the equipment, furnishings, inventory and the liquor license, said broker Paul Gallagher of Gallagher Real Estate of Holyoke. The asking price is $775,000.

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    7. Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday granted a one-year extension to MGM Springfield to open a Wahlburgers restaurant at its casino in the city’s South End. The commission voted 5-0 to set a new deadline of July 8, 2020, for the opening of Wahlburgers, but MGM officials say they anticipate an opening prior to that date. As recently as late March, MGM Springfield said it was hoping for a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.

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    8. Springfield City Council approves White Lion brewery plans at Tower Square

      Springfield City Council approves White Lion brewery plans at Tower Square

      The City Council approved a special permit on Monday night that allows White Lion Brewery Co. to move forward with plans to open a brewery and tap room at Tower Square. The permit was approved by unanimous vote. The business will be located in the former Spaghetti Freddy’s restaurant on the Bridge Street side of Tower Square at 1500 Main St. downtown.

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    9. Federal $3.1 million road grant set to benefit ongoing Ludlow Mills redevelopment project

      Federal $3.1 million road grant set to benefit ongoing Ludlow Mills redevelopment project

      U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the department’s Economic Development Administration is earmarking the federal funds for improvements to Riverside Drive, tying into the mixed-use mill project. The $3.1 million grant "will bring the Riverside Drive project at Ludlow Mills one step closer to completion," said U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield.

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    10. Springfield City Council approves Balise Mazda dealership in South End as part of $6 million redevelopment

      Springfield City Council approves Balise Mazda dealership in South End as part of $6 million redevelopment

      The City Council on Monday approved a special permit for Balise Auto Group that paves the way for a new Mazda dealership in the South End. The more than $6 million project was strongly praised by city officials and neighborhood representatives. The special permit, approved by unanimous vote, will allow the sale of new and used cars, repairs and maintenance, painting and body work, and car leasing.

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    11. Public hearing set new Balise Mazda dealership in Springfield South End

      Public hearing set new Balise Mazda dealership in Springfield South End

      The City Council has a public hearing scheduled Monday to consider approving special permits for Balise Auto Group for a new Mazda dealership planned in the South End. The Planning Department is recommending approval of the permits for the project, which is expected to cost more than $6 million. The site a compilation of properties owned and purchased by Balise, bordered by Main Street, York Street, East Columbus Avenue and Broad Street.

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    12. Owner of Skyview Downtown apartments in Springfield defends renovation work in response to union protest

      Owner of Skyview Downtown apartments in Springfield defends renovation work in response to union protest

      The company that recently launched a $50 million renovation of the Skyview Downtown apartments is defending the work following a protest earlier this week by local building trades unions. Related Companies, of New York City, which owns the property, said through a Springfield lawyer, Melinda M. Phelps, that the first phase of work is being done primarily by Springfield-area subcontractors, and primarily by union labor.

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    13. ‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

      ‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., joined in praising Courtemanche. "Obviously, he was very committed to local economic development," Sullivan said. "It was a real passion he had. He really saw the importance of creating jobs and having vibrant local economy, particularly recognizing the importance of small business." Several people who knew Courtemanche, 41, confirmed his death Monday. A resident of Springfield, he’d worked as a Realtor with Sears Real Estate since 2015, and was on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Preservation Trust.

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    14. Red Rose Pizzeria adding 2nd kitchen to handle crowds spurred by MGM Springfield

      Red Rose Pizzeria adding 2nd kitchen to handle crowds spurred by MGM Springfield

      With business booming, Red Rose Pizzeria is constructing a second kitchen and hiring additional staff to deal with the influx of customers seen since last year’s opening of the neighboring MGM Springfield. “We’re excited,” Red Rose owner Tony Caputo said on Friday. “We are adding on a state-of-the-art kitchen, basically duplicating everything we have now to be able to serve our guests better. It will be much better for everyone — customers and staff.”

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