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    1. MGM Springfield hires city native Jose Delgado as its director of government affairs

      MGM Springfield hires city native Jose Delgado as its director of government affairs

      MGM Springfield, constructing a $960 million resort casino in the South End, has announced the hire of Springfield native Jose Delgado as its director of government affairs. Delgado was employed most recently as a pre-admissions adviser and recruitment coordinator for the University Without Walls, a program of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Previously, he worked as a mayoral aide for Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. . MGM  Springfield President Michael Mathis Tuesday said he was delighted to announce the appointment of Delgado as part of the casino's growing operations team.

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    2. Springfield City Council approves $1.6 million for Riverfront Park improvement

      Springfield City Council approves $1.6 million for Riverfront Park improvement

      The City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a $1.6 million bond for improvements to Riverfront Park just one week after the bond failed to pass a week ago when some questions and concerns were raised about other city parks. The 12-0 vote allows for plans to proceed for a $3 million improvement project at Riverfront Park that is located along the east bank of the Connecticut River in the downtown area. "We're very excited," Patrick J. Sullivan, the city's director of parks, buildings and recreation management, said after the vote. "We're appreciative of all the ...

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    3. Springfield company submits lowest bid for major downtown renovation project at Stearns...

      Springfield company submits lowest bid for major downtown renovation project at Stearns...

      Morais Concrete Services Inc., of Springfield, submitted the bid of $1,784,000, among eight bids received by Wednesday's deadline. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Theo G. Theocles, the city's deputy procurement officer, said they were pleased by the number of bids received and the interest in the project from companies in the city and region. Sarno said the Stearns Square and Duryea Way project will play a key role in the "renaissance of our downtown" and in enhancing its aesthetics and pedestrian use.

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    4. Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      he approval, which is conditional on meeting requirements from department heads, will allow DS Development to build a $25 million, 95-unit affordable assisted living complex next to the RiverMills Senior Center on West Main Street. The City Council voted 12-0 to grant the special permit. Because the proposed complex is located in a the fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district, which allows the reuse of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, the special permit is the final approval needed for the project.

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    5. With 3,000 people to hire, MGM Springfield opens career center

      With 3,000 people to hire, MGM Springfield opens career center

      MGM Springfield opened a new career center Monday designed to serve as a "one-stop shop" in the screening and hiring of approximately 3,000 employees. The MGM career center is at the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave., adjacent to its $960 million casino project. MGM and Massachusetts Gaming Commission officials, along with representatives of the education, business and employment training sector, attended a morning open house and tours at the center just prior to its afternoon opening.

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    6. Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      About two years ago Mayor Richard J. Kos took State Rep. Joseph Wagner and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Director Jay Ash on a late afternoon tour of the Cabotville Industrial Park and the downtown area to show its potential for development. There was no press, there were no cameras there was just a three-way discussion about economic development in Chicopee Center. "The mayor came to us and said we can do something good here but we need something," said Wagner, D-Chicopee. That something turned into a $2.6 million MassWorks grant, which will pay for 90 percent of infrastructure ...

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    7. Renovated Kendall House in Chicopee celebrates opening of 41 new studio apartments

      Renovated Kendall House in Chicopee celebrates opening of 41 new studio apartments

      The Valley Opportunity Council officially re-opened the newly renovated Kendall House with a ribbon cutting and tour of the historic hotel that has been converted to an apartment building. Mayor Richard J. Kos, a half-dozen City Councilors, Valley Opportunity Council employees and several residents of the building joined together for the celebration Wednesday. For more than a decade the Kendall House, located at 4 Springfield St., was a single occupancy room complex run by HAPHousing, which is now known by Way Finders. But in 2016 it was acquired by Valley Opportunity Council, which essentially assumed the building's about $1 ...

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    8. New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      Two friends who make beer at home are now planning to open a brewery in a warehouse that was, well, an old brewery. Patrick Randall and Jeff Thibodeau, both of South Hadley, are working to open a microbrewery on North Chicopee Street, which would be the first of its kind in Chicopee since the historic Hampden Brewery closed in the 1970s. The two have perfected their beer recipes and brewing techniques in one of their homes and are now planning to open a brewery with tap room to be called Leadfoot Brewery. They have been searching for an appropriate building ...

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    9. Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      The city is advertising for a consultant to assist plans for a major redevelopment of a long-vacant, historic block at Court Square in the downtown, planned for housing and retail uses. The city is scheduled Nov. 6 to open proposals from consultants for the task of providing project management and related services for the development of the six-story building at 31 Elm St., and adjacent properties in the urban renewal area. "For a project of this complexity, it makes an awful lot of sense to have a person manage and advance the project on a day-to-day basis," said Kevin Kennedy ...

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    10. 'A good deal and a good opportunity': Commercial building near MGM Springfield finally sells

      'A good deal and a good opportunity': Commercial building near MGM Springfield finally sells

      A commercial building on Main Street in the South End near the MGM Springfield casino sold at auction on Monday for $700,000 to a Longmeadow businessman. Paul Gelinas, of Longmeadow, submitted the high bid for the three-story brick building at 935-979 Main St., known as South Commons II. The building is at the corner of Main and William streets. "I'm very excited, very excited," Gelinas said shortly after the auction. "It's a good deal and a good opportunity." The mortgagee selling the property was listed as Lorenzo Bliss Realty Trust.

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    11. Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Construction at Westover Air Reserve Base boosted its economic impact on the community by $15 million for the last fiscal year, but the overall budget still has not rebounded since a series of Department of Defense cuts that started in 2012. Westover poured $212 million into the community during the 2017 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, a gain of $15 million from the previous year's $197.2 million.

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    12. Public invited to ribbon cutting ceremony at new Springfield South End Community Center

      Public invited to ribbon cutting ceremony at new Springfield South End Community Center

      The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the newly completed South End Community Center on Marble Street, occurring more than six years after the prior center was heavily damaged by the 2011 tornado. Local officials including Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, are expected to be among the attendees at the 11 a.m. indoor ceremony at the center at 99 Marble St. The community center was previously within the State Armory building on Howard Street in the South End. The property was later purchased by MGM Springfield to be part of ...

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    13. Chicopee Assisted Living project receives preliminary approval to be built on Facemate...

      Chicopee Assisted Living project receives preliminary approval to be built on Facemate...

      Developers passed one of the final hurdles to receiving a special permit to build an assisted living facility on former Facemate factory property, after months of meetings. The seven city councilors who are members of the Zoning Committee voted 7-0 to recommend the project receive the special permit contingent on some minor modifications be made to the plans to meet concerns of some city staff.

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    14. Springfield City Council approves new 45-unit housing project at former Elias Brookings...

      Springfield City Council approves new 45-unit housing project at former Elias Brookings...

      The former school is in the Six Corners neighborhood. A new Brookings School was built in that area, and was fully funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority following the tornado. HC Brookings LLC is developing the old school site for housing. The company is an affiliate of Home City Development, formerly Better Homes, which is purchasing the property from the city for $215,000 as the winning bid of two bids submitted for the site.

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    15. Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      While city officials celebrated receiving three more grants to clean up the Uniroyal property, City Planner Lee Pouliot had some bad news as well. "We are not eligible for any more of the grants," he said. The three grants, each totaling $200,000, are the last the Uniroyal project will receive from the federal Environmental Protection Agency brownfields cleanup program. Other funding for the expensive job of removing hazardous waste such as asbestos and cancer-causing PBC's is not easy to find, Pouliot told the City Council as they formally accepted the grants. Over the years the city has mined ...

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    16. DevelopSpringfield gets $1.1 million federal grant for rehab of historic Maple Street building

      DevelopSpringfield gets $1.1 million federal grant for rehab of historic Maple Street building

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal announced a $1.1 million federal grant on Friday that will be used by DevelopSpringfield to complete rehabilitation of a historic building at 77 Maple St. for office and entrepreneurial uses. The $1,136,124 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will target the former Springfield Female Seminary building at that address. That project, coupled with two adjacent renovated sites, is being developed by DevelopSpringfield as the Lower Maple Business Park.

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    17. Chicopee assisted living facility proposal for Facemate property moving forward

      Chicopee assisted living facility proposal for Facemate property moving forward

      A proposal to build an assisted living complex on the former Facemate factory property is moving forward with the proposed project now starting the planning process. The City Council recently modified an ordinance in a 13-0 vote to allow the project to be built in the mill conversion commercial center overlay district. "We are amending the ordinance to add assisted living and a few other things," City Councilor James K. Tillotson said. The Facemate and Uniroyal property, off West Main and Oak Streets, is zoned under a fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district which allows the preservation and ...

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    18. Stearns Square, Duryea Way renovation project in downtown Springfield takes next step as city seeks bids

      Stearns Square, Duryea Way renovation project in downtown Springfield takes next step as city seeks bids

      The city has advertised for bids for a major restoration project at Stearns Square and Duryea Way, seen as a key component of downtown revitalization efforts. Bids from contractors are due by Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. The project has an estimated cost of $1.5 million, including restoration of a historic fountain at Stearns Square, new and widened sidewalks, retained trees and new landscaping, lighting, installation of furniture, plantings and irrigation, and other enhancements for pedestrians and downtown dining, according to city officials and bid specifications.

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    19. Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ

      Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts has issued a letter supporting a bid by Enfield, Connecticut to be selected as the second national headquarters of multi-billion dollar internet retail giant Amazon. "There are no state boundaries for our region's workforce, company supply chains and students," Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, wrote in a letter supporting Enfield. "We urge Amazon to think big, not just locating to a single city, but to locate to a region that Amazon can dramatically change for the better with its significant investment."

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    20. MGM Springfield reveals Kringle Candle coming to casino complex, announces partnership with Springfield Museums

      MGM Springfield reveals Kringle Candle coming to casino complex, announces partnership with Springfield Museums

      MGM announced that Kringle Candle, which is located in Bernardston and owned/operated by the Kittredge family which founded Yankee Candle, will be opening inside a historic church the casino company saved and will incorporate into its 14.5 acre campus.  "When we first went up to their campus in northern Massachusetts, we were completely blown away," said Sarah Moore, vice president of Brand Marketing & Retail at MGM Springfield. "It's a beautiful, beautiful space... We knew immediately we wanted them with us here in Springfield."

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    21. Mass. Gaming Commission approves $100K for Northampton to market city to MGM Springfield casino patrons

      Mass. Gaming Commission approves $100K for Northampton to market city to MGM Springfield casino patrons

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved $100,000 from its community mitigation funds requested by Northampton, to help the city promote itself as a destination for casino visitors for dining, recreation and shopping. Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz met with the commission and requested the funds on behalf of the city. "The funds will be used to work with a consultant to create a marketing and advertising plan designed to attract MGM Springfield casino customers to visit Northampton," the application stated. "Additionally, there will be value in attracting broader visitorship to Northampton as an offset to any potential decrease in downtown spending ...

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    22. With MGM Springfield's design work 95% complete, casino described as truly innovative urban casino as further details revealed

      With MGM Springfield's design work 95% complete, casino described as truly innovative urban casino as further details revealed

      City officials and MGM Springfield reached another milestone Wednesday, stating that the latest submitted construction design plans, covering features ranging from exterior lighting to designated smoking areas, meet with the city's requirements and reflect a high-quality, innovative project. The "MGM 95 percent Construction Design" document was unveiled and was accepted as consistent with the city's Host Community Agreement, said city officials led by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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    23. New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      The owner of a now-demolished budget rate hotel is planning to construct a new $45 million development in its place. The proposal calls for a 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store to be constructed on about eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291, said Frank Quigley, construction manager for the project.

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    24. Local music fans invited to free Springfield Jam Fest at Court Square

      Local music fans invited to free Springfield Jam Fest at Court Square

      Organizers are expecting nice weather and a very good crowd on Saturday for the daylong Springfield Jam Fest, featuring more than a dozen local bands, at Court Square downtown. The event is from noon to 11 p.m., and is free of charge, with bands using two stages to maximize the music, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, which is presenting the festival. "We're very excited," Russell said. "It's local talent and a diverse genre of music -- country, rock, Latin salsa, reggae. ... It's all local from the operations to the performers."

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