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    1. Plans for Agawam's $2.2 million second phase of School Street Park moving forward

      Plans for Agawam's $2.2 million second phase of School Street Park moving forward

      The $2.2 million estimated second phase of the School Street Park project is wending its way through the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission, both of which have oversight of it. The Planning Board Thursday tabled action on its site plan to give the Conservation Commission more time to set conditions for work around wetlands to the east and west of the 22-acre site off Corey Street. During the Planning Board public hearing Thursday, Planning Director Deborah S. Dachos told Michael Y. Liu, senior associate with Berkshire Design Group of Northampton, which did the designs, that she wants to ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    2. West Springfield Mayor Neffinger acts to purchase former Elks Lodge

      West Springfield Mayor Neffinger acts to purchase former Elks Lodge

      Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger announced Wednesday that the city has put down a $20,000 deposit to buy the Elks Lodge property on Morgan Road.  The deal needs Town Council approval. During a press conference at the site, the mayor said the city will use the building as temporary quarters for the collection of the West Springfield Public Library. The building housing the library will be renovated and expanded as part of a $13.4-million project and is expected to reopen in the fall of 2015.

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    3. West Springfield signs casino host community agreement with Hard Rock, which promises $26 million annual payments to city, region

      West Springfield signs casino host community agreement with Hard Rock, which promises $26 million annual payments to city, region

      Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger signed a host community agreement with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England on Thursday that provides more than $26 million in annual payments to the city and region. The agreement was announced during a press conference in the municipal office building starting at 5:30 p.m. (View a summary of the agreement at the end of this article).

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    4. West Springfield revs up $2 million capital campaign for $13.4 million public library project

      West Springfield revs up $2 million capital campaign for $13.4 million public library project

      Now that drawings of the $13.4 million West Springfield Public Library building project have been unveiled, the group running the WestSide Story $2 million capital campaign for the project is kicking its efforts into high gear.  The plans were presented to the public recently during a program at the library that drew about 50 people. Architects from Caolo & Bienek Associates Inc. of Chicopee, which is heading the project, as well as from Centerbrook Architects of Centerbrook, Conn., spoke about plans.

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    5. Agawam Planning Board endorses special permit for sports complex proposed for Shoemaker Lane

      Agawam Planning Board endorses special permit for sports complex proposed for Shoemaker Lane

      Donald Cameron III of Amherst has proposed building a $7 million sports complex that would offer a home for his Atlantic Soccer Club, a Massachusetts Premier League youth team, as well as space open to anyone who wants to rent it.  His plans call for The Plex Sports Park to have two grass 225-by-330-foot fields and two synthetic 225-by-360-foot fields to be used for such sports as soccer, lacrosse, football and field hockey.

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    6. Focus of summit between Agawam, West Springfield councilors flips from possible casino to CSX railway crossing

      Focus of summit between Agawam, West Springfield councilors flips from possible casino to CSX railway crossing

      A main focus of a meeting between the Agawam City Council Community Relations Subcommittee and West Springfield officials has changed from the impacts a casino proposed for West Side’s Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds would have on Agawam to issues concerning a CSX railway crossing.

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    7. Big E Ceo: Area for proposed Hard Rock casino 'a lot of wasted space ... ready for development'

      Big E Ceo: Area for proposed Hard Rock casino 'a lot of wasted space ... ready for development'

      The chief executive officer of the Eastern States Exposition says the addition of a Hard Rock International casino complex to the organization’s 175-acre campus should not create any parking shortages at the fairgrounds, including during the fall run of the Big E fair. There are also no plans to extend the 17-day fall run of the fair, and the casino proposal is being made in an effort to help "sustain" the future of the exposition, according to Eugene J. Cassidy.

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    8. Crowley's Horseback Riding Stables owners plan to scale back at Shoemaker Lane site in Agawam

      Crowley said Wednesday she feels it is important to publicize that a scaled-back version of the 50-plus-year-old local business will continue. Recent news reports about a proposal to raze the existing stables to make way for a $7 million indoor/outdoor sports complex have left many with the impression the family institution is going out of business, she said.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    9. Eastern States Exposition to make announcement about casino possibility in West Springfield

      Eastern States Exposition to make announcement about casino possibility in West Springfield

      Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, said he hasn’t met with anyone to discuss a casino project in West Springfield. But he has heard from business sources in West Springfield that casino developers plan to build a new access road to the Big E from Route 5 near Bondi’s Island and the power plant.

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    10. Eastern States Exposition refuses to say if it is talking with Hard Rock International as potential casino developer

      With just a week and a half before the Jan. 15 deadline for casino advocates to get applications for projects and a $400,000 fee to the state, Eastern States Exposition chief executive officer Eugene J. Cassidy confirmed Thursday that the local organization is still in the game.  Hard Rock International has expressed interest in building a casino at the exposition’s fairgrounds in West Springfield, according to city officials. However, neither Cassidy nor spokespeople for Hard Rock would confirm those reports.

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    11. Casino developer Richard Bronson eyeing Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds in West Springfield

      “It is my understanding the Eastern States Exposition leadership has sought the advisory services of the Bronson Companies on the topic of a resort-style gaming project,” Griffin said in a prepared statement release Wednesday. “Frankly, this would be consistent with the Big E’s history to make sure that the trustees and board members interests are met while at the same time protecting the 100-year relationship with West Springfield and the region.

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    12. Casino traffic and engineering studies under way for Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield

      Casino traffic and engineering studies under way for Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield

      The head of the Eastern States Exposition has stated the nonprofit organization is exploring the possibility of adding a casino to its 175-acre campus on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield.  Traffic and engineering studies are being conducted with an eye toward establishing a casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition here, according to Town Councilor Brian J. Griffin.

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    13. Plans for Y-Express in Agawam moving forward

      Plans for Y-Express in Agawam moving forward

      The Springfield YMCA hopes to open a Y-Express in space in the former Foodmart property on Springfield Street.  Plans call for a technology center for youths to learn computer applications as well as an enrichment area for children younger than 10. A wellness center would include free weights and weight machines, men’s and women’s locker rooms and two multipurpose rooms. The venture is projected to become financially self-sustaining after one to two years.

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    14. Agawam City Council gives green light to brownfields study of former Games and Lanes property

      Agawam City Council gives green light to brownfields study of former Games and Lanes property

      Planning and Community Development Director Deborah S. Dachos said she plans to submit the grant application to the state as soon as possible. She and Cohen are hoping for a quick turnaround as they have been told it could take as few as 30 days for Mass Development to process the grant application and make a decision.

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