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    1. Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings

      Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings

      The city will remove five of the largest buildings on the Uniroyal property this year but at a higher cost than was originally expected. The City Council voted 13-0 to allocate $2.89 million to tear down the five largest remaining buildings on the Uniroyal campus after learning the cost of demolition skyrocketed due to deterioration of three attached buildings. "The cost has gun up unfortunately but it is a necessary expense," Councilor Joel McAuliffe said.

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    2. Development of vacant Chicopee industrial parks could get a boost with state grants

      Development of vacant Chicopee industrial parks could get a boost with state grants

      The Chicopee River Business Park always seemed to be the perfect spot for new industry since it is situated just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate-291 and has a number of "shovel ready" parcels complete with roads and water and sewer connections. But for nearly three decades and through good and bad economic times few businesses have ever shown interest in moving there. Now it seems the fortunes of the industrial park may finally be turning around.

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    3. 'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      Mary E. Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, said that $13.5 million has been raised in private funds for the center and its programs. That amount came from three donors -- two anonymous contributors and the Davis Foundation. The Davis Foundation was the lead partner in pushing for the new center that is tied to the nationwide Educare program.

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    4. Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      A $3.5 million renovation project at the Central Library on State Street is slated for completion by late summer, designed to preserve and enhance the historic building for generations of visitors. "We are really, really pleased," said Molly Fogarty, city library director. "The Central Library is an information and cultural resource for the entire city and is one of Springfield's most historically significant and heavily used public buildings." The project includes reconstruction of the front marble stairs, a new rear entrance including new granite stairs and handicap accessible ramp, and improvements to the roof and masonry, officials said.

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    5. 2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the economic development committee, announced the awards of two Site Readiness Program grants. A total of $255,200 will go to Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation to develop the relatively new Air Park South and $70,000 will go to Westmass Area Development to help in master planning and marketing for Chicopee River Business Park. "The Site Readiness Program is designed to facilitate development at the local level by providing targeted resources for sites with great potential as these Chicopee projects," he said.

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    6. Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      The city is advertising for proposals for the redevelopment of two adjacent parcels on lower Worthington Street that 30 years ago was considered for the "Spire," a 32-story condominium tower nicknamed "Springfield's Space Needle." The site is now mostly vacant with just a lean-to structure and roof, and the city is particularly interested in uses that would be compatible with a downtown dining district, said Brian Connors, the city's deputy director of economic development.

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    7. Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      A Holyoke businessman who plans to convert a historic mill building that dates to the 1840s has been given the go-ahead to begin the project. The City Council voted 12-0 last week to grant a special permit to Mount Holyoke Development, owned by Herbert Berezin, which will allow him to convert the long-vacant 65,000 square-foot, five-street mill located off the corner of Front and Depot Streets into live-work apartments. The City Council also agreed to waive parking requirements and allow the project to go forth with 109 instead of the 179 spots needed under zoning regulations. It also agreed ...

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    8. Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018

      Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018

      Seeing is believing. That is the message from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the city's development officer, Kevin Kennedy, as they describe the outlook for economic development in Springfield in 2018. One just needs to look around the city. Among dozens of projects citywide, construction plows ahead on the new $960 million MGM Springfield casino project set to open in September, the Union Station transportation center is open and growing and the CRRC USA Rail Corp. will be producing its first subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority this year.

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    9. Chicopee to see $87 million in business investment in 2018

      Chicopee to see $87 million in business investment in 2018

      Two new hotels, a downtown mill conversion, construction of an assisted-living facility and a variety of other smaller projects will total more than $87 million in business investment in the city this year. "Last year's announcements have become this year's ribbon cuttings," Mayor Richard J. Kos says. The major project on tap for 2018 is a $45 million plan to build an about 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store on eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291. The ...

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    10. Want to land one of the thousands of jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      Want to land one of the thousands of jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      MGM Springfield is offering information sessions in the week ahead for those interested in jobs at the $960 million casino set to open in September. General career information sessions will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catharine St. Information sessions for prospective dealers and other table game operators are scheduled Wednesday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. at the MGM Springfield Career Center, 1259 East Columbus Ave., third floor.

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    11. Chicopee Chamber announces annual Shining Stars award winners

      Chicopee Chamber announces annual Shining Stars award winners

      This week the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce announced its Shining Stars awards. Interstate Towing was named business of the year; Dawn Creighton was named citizen of the year; Karen Hansmann is volunteer of the year; and Valley Opportunity Council is nonprofit of the year. Every year the Chamber honors businesses and individuals who are outstanding leaders and have helped the community. The winners are always among the 351 members of the regional organization, said chamber President Jessica Roncarati-Howe.

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    12. Springfield's $14.4 million preschool grant saving lives, educators tell Massachusetts'...

      Springfield's $14.4 million preschool grant saving lives, educators tell Massachusetts'...

      The $14.4 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant the city received four years ago is saving children and family's lives, preschool leaders told Massachusetts' top early education official Friday. Doreen Malone, of Headstart, told Ted Weber, commissioner of early education and care, told the story of a preschooler whose violent behavior and vulgar language was making it impossible for teachers to reach him. After securing a spot at the new Early Childhood Education Center on Catharine Street, the preschool team found out that the child's  mother was in an abusive relationship.

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    13. Meet MGM Springfield's 'all star' executive team responsible for the $960 million casino

      Meet MGM Springfield's 'all star' executive team responsible for the $960 million casino
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    14. Plans to convert Chicopee downtown mill to apartments submitted, could help redevelop downtown

      Plans to convert Chicopee downtown mill to apartments submitted, could help redevelop downtown

      A proposal to convert a downtown vacant mill into a modern apartment building with 105 live-work lofts is officially getting underway. Mount Holyoke Development, owned by Herbert Berezin, has applied for a special permit to renovate the former 65,000 square-foot, five-story historic mill at the corner of Front and Depot streets, that was most recently used by Lyman Mills.

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    15. Chicopee Electric Light working to offer municipal Internet to businesses then residents

      Chicopee Electric Light working to offer municipal Internet to businesses then residents

      The city's electric company hopes to begin offering high-speed broadband Internet this year, first making the service available to local businesses and then building out a network neighborhood-by-neighborhood. But one City Councilor who has studied how communities throughout the country have offered Internet services to their citizens said he will push to take a more aggressive approach to creating a full fiber optic network faster that can reach all residents and businesses in the city.

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    16. MGM Springfield opens administrative building at 95 State St.

      MGM Springfield opens administrative building at 95 State St.

      MGM Springfield has opened its administration offices at 95 State St., becoming the first occupied building of the $960 million casino project. The opening and use of the 11-story building is the first casino building to open on the site which follows approximately a year of renovations. The full casino is scheduled to open in September of 2018. "Moving onsite is a great way to kick off the year of our opening," MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said Monday. ""We have a growing workforce and this office space better suits our ever-expanding needs as this momentous new year unfolds. This ...

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    17. Chicopee receives record $10.6 million in free cash, sets aside $2.6 million for roadwork

      Chicopee receives record $10.6 million in free cash, sets aside $2.6 million for roadwork

      The city ended the year with a record $10.6 million in free cash, giving officials money to make road repairs, beef up the reserve account and still have funds left over for other projects. Free cash is money unspent in accounts from the previous fiscal year that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue reviews and certifies is available for the city to use in the current fiscal year.

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    18. MGM Springfield schedules informational sessions on table games jobs

      MGM Springfield schedules informational sessions on table games jobs

      MGM Springfield is offering a series of informational sessions in January and February designed to aid potential applicants with details about jobs and training required to become table game dealers at the $960 million casino. Staff from the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute (MCCTI) will be on hand to provide information on how to register and enroll for gaming classes at the new MCCTI Gaming School, which is opening in downtown Springfield on Feb. 26. Admission is free and open to the public.

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    19. Springfield will launch 'image campaign' to promote city's assets, offerings to visitors

      Springfield will launch 'image campaign' to promote city's assets, offerings to visitors

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, announced plans for the image campaign in a recent letter to members, and invited them to a formal announcement Thursday. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno asked the Economic Development Council to convene a meeting of stakeholders to plan the campaign. With the casino opening in 2018, the city "is at a crucial junction in our efforts to achieve a lasting renaissance for our community and region," Sarno said.

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    20. Springfield plans $600K renovation of Van Horn Park with federal grant funds

      Springfield plans $600K renovation of Van Horn Park with federal grant funds

      The city, aided by federal grant funds, is planning an estimated $600,000 renovation of Van Horn Park in Liberty Heights that includes new playground equipment and improved lighting, landscaping and pedestrian access. The city plans to hire a design/engineering company for the project with construction slated to begin in the summer of 2018 and completion by June of 2019. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the renovation of the 114 acre park "will enhance the recreational offerings for residents of all ages" by enhancing the active and passive use of the park on Armory Street within the densely populated ...

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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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