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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announces $5.4 million in federal grants for Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announces $5.4 million in federal grants for Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, said Friday that Springfield will receive four federal grants totaling approximately $5.4 million for housing programs for low- and moderate-income residents and related services. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the steps of City Hall. Under HUD's Community Planning and Development Program, the city will receive $5,392,632. The city annually gets HUD funds for housing and homeless assistance.

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    11. European company hopes to build $80 million plant in Western Massachusetts, bringing new trash-to-energy technology to US

      European company hopes to build $80 million plant in Western Massachusetts, bringing new trash-to-energy technology to US

      A Danish energy company is hoping to bring a new and innovative technology to turn trash into renewable energy to the United States by building an $80 million waste management plant in Western Massachusetts. DONG Energy REnescience is considering six sites in the region, with five of those in Chicopee, to locate its new trash-to-energy plant. It is also considering locating a second plant in the eastern part of the state in the future, said R. Stephen Lynch, senior project manager for MSW Consultants, which is providing market research and analysis for DONG Energy REnescience.

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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