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    1. MGM: Springfield casino continues to exceed diversity goals for workforce, construction and design contracts

      MGM: Springfield casino continues to exceed diversity goals for workforce, construction and design contracts

      MGM Springfield informed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that it continues to significantly exceed its goals for diversity hiring and contracting for its $950 million downtown casino. Brian Packer, MGM Springfield's vice president of construction and development, provided the statistics on diversity as part of the company's most recent quarterly report, for the period ending March 30. The report was provided during a meeting at the commission's office in Boston.

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    2. If you like airplanes, the 2017 Westfield International Air Show will have plenty

      If you like airplanes, the 2017 Westfield International Air Show will have plenty

      Those who enjoy seeing the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing's F-15 jets flying over Western Massachusetts are in for a rare treat this weekend as Barnes Air National Guard Base will host an air show featuring nearly 14 hours of flying demonstrations. This is the first time in seven years the 104th will open its gates and invite the public in to tour planes, watch some of the best pilots in the military perform and meet their military neighbors at the Westfield International Air Show, said Capt. Anthony Mutti, chief of public affairs for the wing.

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    3. Chicopee RiverMills Center to offer Paint and Dine event

      Chicopee RiverMills Center to offer Paint and Dine event

      The Council on Aging will host a "Paint & Dine" program in August as part of its effort to expand programming. Collegian Court will cater the dinner. Participants will then pick up their brushes and paint a summer flamingo-themed painting. The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 8, at RiverMills Center, 5 West Main St. The cost is $20. Registration is required by calling 534-3698, or stopping by the reception desk at RiverMills on weekdays.

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    4. Assisted living center to be built on Chicopee Facemate property

      Assisted living center to be built on Chicopee Facemate property

      The massive cleanup effort of the most contaminated property in the city showed results Thursday with the announcement that a developer will purchase part of the land and build an assisted living facility there. City officials revealed DS Development, of Weston plans to build a 95-unit, about 72,000 square foot affordable assisted living complex of 3.85 acres of former Facemate property that is east of the RiverMills Senior Center.

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    5. Owners of former Black Pearl building in Springfield plans rehab ahead of MGM casino...

      Owners of former Black Pearl building in Springfield plans rehab ahead of MGM casino...

      A lawyer for the owners of the vacant, boarded-up Black Pearl property in the South End said Friday that renovations will begin this fall for a new restaurant. The work is scheduled to be completed well ahead of the MGM Springfield casino across the street, he said. Attorney Bart Heemskerk, who represents property owner Jhanvi Hospitality LLC, said the company reached a signed agreement with the city on Friday in Housing Court to clean the property at 1127 Main St. and to monitor it on a daily basis.

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    6. Springfield developer plans 45-unit housing project at former Brookings School wrecked by tornado

      Springfield developer plans 45-unit housing project at former Brookings School wrecked by tornado

      The city recently approved the sale of the former Elias Brookings School on Hancock Street to a local nonprofit development group planning to restore the tornado-damaged building as a mixed income housing complex. Home City Development Inc., formerly Better Homes Inc., was the winning bidder for the city-owned property, offering $215,000 for the site to restore it for 45 units of mixed-income housing. The building in the Six Corners neighborhood has been vacant and boarded since June 2011 when it was struck and heavily damaged by a tornado.

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    7. Future use for abandoned, historic Springfield Masonic Temple revealed

      Future use for abandoned, historic Springfield Masonic Temple revealed

      A Westfield developer is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Masonic Temple on State Street as the future "dream" site of the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts School. Frank A. DeMarinis and his firm, Sage Engineering & Contracting Inc., were selected by the city under a 10-year lease agreement for the magnet school that serves students in grades 6-12. The school, now split at two rented locations in Springfield, is slated to open at the refurbished site in September 2018, officials said.

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    8. MGM Springfield to offer local businesses chance to sell company casino supplies, equipment

      MGM Springfield to offer local businesses chance to sell company casino supplies, equipment

      MGM Springfield will be hosting a local vendor fair on Wednesday, July 19, at the MassMutual Center on Main Street to share information about its needs for operating supplies and equipment for its $950 million casino project. MGM Springfield is seeking vendors, including those owned by minorities, women and veterans, to participate in the informational sessions. There is a general informational session from 9 to 11:30 a.m., to explain the scope of upcoming purchases, the pre-qualification process and MGM's policy on vendors and purchasing, according to the entertainment company. There will also be an overview of the ...

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    9. Hydroponic farm puts down roots in Springfield's Gasoline Alley

      Hydroponic farm puts down roots in Springfield's Gasoline Alley

      Call it an island in a food desert. That's how former chef Tony Renzulli and business partner Jack Wysocki think of their new business, Urban Artisan Farm, which uses hydroponic technology to produce 100 heads of lettuce a week in a greenhouse complex at 250 Albany St. The indoor farm, located in a section of the city known as Gasoline Alley because of the huge fuel storage tanks that dot the landscape, is one of several businesses operating out of a quirky set of buildings owned and managed by entrepreneur Joseph Sibilia.

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    10. Massachusetts Gaming Commission OKs $371,833 for programs for MGM Springfield job seekers

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission OKs $371,833 for programs for MGM Springfield job seekers

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission recently approved $371,833 in grants for two local workforce development programs designed to help area residents gain jobs and careers with the MGM Springfield casino. The commission awarded $171,833 for an "Ahead of the Game Program" through the Springfield public schools that will target low-skill, low-income adults interested in pursuing long-term careers with MGM Springfield, according to the pilot program summary. The program will focus on individuals seeking adult basic education (ABE or GED) in order to pursue higher education, the summary said.

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    11. New $5 million Springfield Healthy Homes Program seeks to link construction work, contractors

      New $5 million Springfield Healthy Homes Program seeks to link construction work, contractors

      The city is inviting area contractors to attend a meeting on Thursday at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy on State Street to obtain information about the city's new $5 million Healthy Homes program. The meeting, hosted by the city's Office of Housing, begins at 7:30 a.m., and is intended for contractors, subcontractors and their employees interested in the housing rehabilitation opportunities under the new program, according to the mayor's office.

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    12. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno adds support for study of high-speed, east-west rail in Massachusetts

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno adds support for study of high-speed, east-west rail in Massachusetts

      With the grand opening of Union Station just celebrated, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has urged the state House Ways and Means Committee to support a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed passenger rail service. Sarno filed the letter Tuesday with state Rep. Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, supporting a proposal to add the cost of the feasibility study to the state budget. State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is sponsor of the Senate amendment.

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    13. City Council OKs 3rd Racing Mart in Springfield; developer investing $3.5M at former FL Roberts site

      City Council OKs 3rd Racing Mart in Springfield; developer investing $3.5M at former FL Roberts site

      A developer is planning to build a new Racing Mart gas station and convenience store at Taylor and Armory streets as part of $3.5 million investment that includes tearing down the closed F.L. Roberts Sunoco station there. The City Council unanimously approved a special permit for the gas station, store and drive-up service window at 487 Taylor St. Several city councilors praised the developer, Johnny Kayrouz of Armory Street Holdings LLC, saying that two of his other Racing Mart businesses in Springfield are neighborhood assets and well-run. One of the businesses is at Carew and Armory streets and ...

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    14. STCC offers $222,500 to purchase city lots for expanded student parking

      STCC offers $222,500 to purchase city lots for expanded student parking

      Springfield Technical Community Center has offered to buy a string of tax-foreclosed properties on upper Worthington Street from the city for $222,500 under a proposal to convert the site to student parking. The proposal, which was submitted by the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation in response to the city's advertisement for proposals, was the sole proposal received by the city by the June 20 deadline.

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    15. Hospice home opens in Chicopee after 10 years of planning

      Hospice home opens in Chicopee after 10 years of planning

      As the Allard siblings watched, a team of volunteers snipped a purple ribbon in half and officially turned their childhood home into a place where people will be able to live their final days in a home-like atmosphere surrounded by caring people. "It is a tribute to my father. This is what he would have wanted," Paul Allard said. It is also the culmination of a 10-year dream for Ruth Willemain and multitudes of volunteers who worked to create Harmony House, a hospice home where people who cannot spend their last days in their own home can come as an ...

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    16. State approves tax incentives for 2 Chicopee business expansions, offers tax credits for J. Polep

      State approves tax incentives for 2 Chicopee business expansions, offers tax credits for J. Polep

      The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council gave the final approval to two local tax incentives adopted by the City Council for the developer of a new hotel and the owner of a distribution company who has plans to expand. In addition, the state council voted this week to award J. Polep Distribution Center about $447,850 in state tax credits to help the company build an about 37,500-square-foot addition on Meadow Street. The $9 million investment is expected to add 77 jobs to the existing 486-person staff.

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    17. Springfield City Council aids Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration plans

      Springfield City Council aids Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration plans

      City councilors gave their enthusiastic support this week to plans for the restoration of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit Block, saying the project will bolster ongoing economic development efforts in the downtown. At their meeting Monday, councilors took turns praising representatives of the New England Farm Workers Council who are planning the project on Main Street. A summary lists the cost of the renovations as $32 million, rising to $41 million when including all costs such as developer fees.

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    18. Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in...

      Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in...

      The City Council is all on board when it comes to supporting state Sen. Eric Lesser and his legislative bill that calls for a feasibility study of a high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. At a meeting Monday night, the council approved a resolution, placing it on record as supporting Senate Bill 1935, occurring on the same day that Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, led a "whistle stop" rail tour from Boston to Springfield to promote the bill. Lesser and other supporters are pushing for the study of high speed rail to be part of the 2018 state budget. Gov ...

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    19. Photos: Plans revealed for $32 million transformation of Springfield's Paramount Theater...

      Photos: Plans revealed for $32 million transformation of Springfield's Paramount Theater...

      The New England Farm Workers Council has unveiled plans for a $32 million redevelopment of the historic Massasoit Block and Paramount Theater on Main Street intended to restore its grandeur as a boutique hotel and performing arts complex. The project financing will include a mix of private and public funds including a $3,650,000 low-interest loan application with the U.S, Department of Housing and Urban Development, for immediate repairs to preserve the building including the roof and facade, said the Farm Workers Council, the property owner.

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    20. Chicopee distribution company employing nearly 500 given OK to expand

      Chicopee distribution company employing nearly 500 given OK to expand

      A distribution company which employs nearly 500 people was given approvals to construct a large addition that will contain a new freezer and cooler area. The about $9 million project in Willimansett is expected to add at least 22 jobs to the existing 486-person staff at the company. As part of the plan to add a 37,500 square-foot addition to its main building on 705 Meadow Street, J. Polep owners will also rip up pavement in the front parking lot and plant trees to beautify what is now a huge expanse of asphalt along the road and the building ...

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    21. Chicopee receives $600,000 in EPA grants to clean up Uniroyal

      Chicopee receives $600,000 in EPA grants to clean up Uniroyal

      The city will be able to take one more step to clean up the former Uniroyal property after the federal Environmental Protection Agency awarded three new grants that will allow asbestos and other hazardous waste to be removed from buildings. The grants are designed to help communities clean up brownfields, which are former industrial sites often contaminated with hazardous waste, so the property can be redeveloped.

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    22. MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      An MGM Springfield official told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that it has delayed a market rate housing project due to a new location under consideration at Court Square that may include affordable housing units. Seth Stratton, vice-president and general counsel for MGM Springfield, said the site under consideration, a long-vacant block at 31 Elm St., is being discussed by city officials, Peter Picknelly's OPAL Real Estate Group and MGM. City officials and MGM have agreed that restoring that vacant block could be "transformative" event for that area, but those negotiations have delayed development of the housing component ...

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    23. Chicopee company plans $9 million expansion, city officials approve tax agreement

      Chicopee company plans $9 million expansion, city officials approve tax agreement

      A local distribution company plans to build an about $9 million addition onto its existing building in Willimansett and will add 22 new jobs in the process. J. Polep Distribution Services, located on 705 Meadow St., is planning a 32,000 square foot expansion to create a new cold dock and freezer and cooler area to its current building, City Council members said. The City Council recently approved a tax agreement that will give the company a five-year break on real estate taxes as an incentive for the company, which currently employs 486 full-time people, to remain in the current ...

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    24. Chicopee approves tax agreement for new Memorial Drive hotel

      Chicopee approves tax agreement for new Memorial Drive hotel

      The city will cut taxes for the next five years for business owners who have razed a 50-year-old hotel on Memorial Drive and are in the process of replacing it with a new Tru by Hilton. Chicopee Hospitality LLC, owned by Dennis and Hershal Patel, will invest $11.29 million into the project to build a 108-room, nearly 50,000 square foot hotel at 450 Memorial Drive. The old Days Inn has been demolished and the new one is under construction and expected to open in a year.

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