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    1. MGM Springfield, city officials prepare for deluge of casino visitors, traffic in opening week

      MGM Springfield, city officials prepare for deluge of casino visitors, traffic in opening week

      Representatives of MGM Springfield and the city said Friday they are discussing ways to cope with the potential record numbers of people and traffic that will visit the downtown area during the opening days of the $960 million resort casino. The logistical plans and strategies for the deluge of traffic is not yet finalized, but communication with the public and local businesses will be critical in advance of the casino's grand opening on Aug. 24, said MGM and city officials. The issue was discussed Friday at a meeting of the City Council Casino Oversight Committee at City Hall.

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    2. Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      A historic B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, one of only two in the world that still fly, will be on display at the Westover Metropolitan Airport next week and will even be open for rides. The Commemorative Air Force will be bringing three historic aircraft to the airport on 255 Padgette St., from June 20-24. The B-29 will be joined by two other planes, a C-45 Expeditor and a T-6 Texan. People will be able to view all three aircraft between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. all five days at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for youth ...

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    3. Chicopee approvals granted for $45M hotel, restaurant complex; more permits needed

      Chicopee approvals granted for $45M hotel, restaurant complex; more permits needed

      The Planning Board approved a site plan for an about $45 million business complex off Burnett Road that will include a hotel, gas station and several restaurants, but the developers will need other permits before they can begin construction. The approval, granted in a 7-0 vote last week, is contingent on developer Dinesh Patel receiving permits from the state Department of Transportation to create an entrance to the complex off what is technically Interstate 291. The final plans will also have to be reviewed and endorsed by the city engineer and other city officials before building begins.

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    4. Chicopee students receive job training in Westover Job Corps partnership

      Chicopee students receive job training in Westover Job Corps partnership

      In her senior year of high school, Nalaysha Dykes was pondering a career in nursing but she wasn't sure if working in the medical field was something she would like. Meanwhile, Gino Guiel is certain he wants to be a professional chef but wasn't sure how he would go about getting the training he needed. The two each got their answers while attending the Westover Job Corps under a new partnership between Chicopee Academy and the neighboring job training institution. Guiel was the first Chicopee Academy to sign up for the program when it began two years ago ...

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    5. MGM Springfield reports continued success in diversity hiring

      MGM Springfield reports continued success in diversity hiring

      MGM Springfield, preparing to open its casino on Aug. 24, presented its latest quarterly report on Thursday, including statistics showing that it continues to exceed its goals for diversity hiring and contracting for the $960 million construction project. The report, for the three months ending March 31, was shared with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a meeting in Boston. Commission member Gayle Cameron praised the latest report, saying it continues past trends. "You are consistently good with your diversity numbers," Cameron said. "It's always encouraging to see."

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    6. City Council approves valet parking outside City Hall, MassLive building in downtown...

      City Council approves valet parking outside City Hall, MassLive building in downtown...

      The City Council approved a valet parking program this week that is intended to make parking more convenient for visitors to the MassLive tower building and City Hall at Court Square. The program is expected to begin July 2, based on City Hall Place, a street located between the two buildings. Councilors praised the program at a meeting Monday, and praised its sponsor, Evan Plotkin, president of NAI Plotkin. NAI Plotkin is a downtown property manager that includes the MassLive building at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St.

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    7. Springfield Housing Authority selects mayor's chief of staff, Denise Jordan, as new...

      Springfield Housing Authority selects mayor's chief of staff, Denise Jordan, as new...

      Denise R. Jordan, who has served as chief of staff for Mayor Domenic J. Sarno since he took office a decade ago, has been appointed executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority. The five-member authority, which oversees public housing in Springfield, selected Jordan by unanimous vote from among three finalists for the job. Final interviews occurred last week and the appointment was confirmed Monday. The appointment is pending state review and drafting of a contract. "I'm excited at the opportunity to help be a part of the Springfield Housing Authority," Jordan said Monday.

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    8. Valet parking program proposed outside MassLive office building at Springfield's Court...

      Valet parking program proposed outside MassLive office building at Springfield's Court...

      The owner of the MassLive building at Court Square is proposing a valet parking program, intended to improve the experience for visitors of the office building and its neighbor, City Hall. As proposed, six parking spots will be set aside on City Hall Place, a one-way side street between the MassLive building, at 1350 Main St., and City Hall. The valet stand would be at the corner of Court Street and City Hall Place, and the attendants would park cars in the the designated spaces and at the nearby Civic Center garage on Bruce Landon Way.

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    9. Chicopee Construction company to move to mostly vacant industrial park, city approves tax...

      Chicopee Construction company to move to mostly vacant industrial park, city approves tax...

      A local construction company is planning to move to a parcel of land in the Chicopee River Business Park, which has been mostly empty since it was created more than 25 years ago. A. Crane Construction LLC. is purchasing an about 10-acre lot known as Parcel 8 on East Main Street. The property is across the street from the main part of the Business River Park and on the side that runs along the Chicopee River, said Eric Nelson president and CEO of Westmass Westmass Area Development Corporation, which owns the industrial park. The company has not closed on the ...

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    10. New $45 million Chicopee development will include 4-story hotel, 3 restaurants, gas station

      New $45 million Chicopee development will include 4-story hotel, 3 restaurants, gas station

      A new about $45 million development planned for Burnett Road calls for a four-story hotel, a sit-down restaurant, a coffee shop, two fast food restaurants and a gas station with convenience store. Friday Dinesh Patel, whose business is in Springfield, submitted site plans for his project to be located on about eight acres of property on Burnett Road, next to the existing Pride Station and Fifties Diner. Patel is seeking permits to build a four-story, 14,044 square-foot hotel as the anchor of the new project that will be located near the end of Interstate-291 and the on and off ...

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    11. Springfield seeks to promote sidewalk cafes with new outdoor seating permits

      Springfield seeks to promote sidewalk cafes with new outdoor seating permits

      The city is preparing to offer outdoor seating permits to local restaurants, saying it will allow eateries to expand their service and add to the city's vitality. Applications will be available soon, and the new program is expected to begin in June, officials said. Applications must be reviewed and approved by various city departments and receive final approval from the Department of Public Works. Brian Connors, deputy planner for economic development, said interest in outdoor dining has been growing in recent years, and he would expect it to continue to grow as tourism expands in the city. Union Station ...

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    12. Chicopee grants tax agreement to company building assisted living complex on Facemate land

      Chicopee grants tax agreement to company building assisted living complex on Facemate land

      The City Council granted a 10-year tax incentive plan to a company that purchased a former factory property from the city and plans to build an assisted living complex on the land. The agreement is with DS Development, which is constructing the RiverMills Assisted Living facility on a parcel of property that the city cleaned up after acquiring the long closed Facemate factory property off West Main Street. The company, based in Weston, purchased the nearly four-acre parcel of land next to the RiverMills Senior Center for $750,000. It received final permits from the city in November 2017 and ...

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    13. Cabotville redevelopment project to create 600 luxury SilverBrick lofts in Chicopee...

      Cabotville redevelopment project to create 600 luxury SilverBrick lofts in Chicopee...

      The Cabotville Mill renovation project calls for construction to be done in two equal phases with about 300 apartments, to be constructed in each phase. For now, there is no schedule of when work will begin, but plans indicate the first phase of construction is to start about three months after a special permit is granted, taking about a year to finish. The second phase will begin about three months after the first phase is completed. Thursday Aaron Papowitz, founder and managing principal of the SilverBrick Group, announced he had purchased the Cabotville Mill property from 200 Tillary LLC. and ...

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    14. Springfield City Council approves tax incentives for former YMCA building to aid major...

      Springfield City Council approves tax incentives for former YMCA building to aid major...

      The City Council, in a reversal of a March vote, has granted tax incentives to the owner of the former YMCA building on Chestnut Street, providing property tax relief in conjunction with renovations of the site for market rate apartments. The vote was 10-3 in favor of the tax incentive to SilverBrick Group LLC. SilverBrick purchased the downtown property for $4.8 million in December, and is planning renovations estimated at $6.2 million at the property located at 122 Chestnut St., officials said.

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    15. Construction hums along in downtown Springfield, ranging from Riverfront Park to Stearns...

      Construction hums along in downtown Springfield, ranging from Riverfront Park to Stearns...

      City officials said a $2.5 million renovation project now underway at Riverfront Park is one prime example of a series of public projects in the downtown area slated for completion by late fall. The Riverfront Park project began in mid-April and is slated for completion in November, said Peter Garvey, the city's director of capital asset construction. Other projects in the area include renovations at Stearns Square and Duryea Way, Pynchon Plaza renovations, a new police substation on Dwight Street, exterior renovations at City Hall, and exterior renovations at the Central Library on State Street, officials said.

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    16. Chicopee Cabotville project back on: Developer to renovate mill, create 600 apartments

      Chicopee Cabotville project back on: Developer to renovate mill, create 600 apartments

      The project that would turn the largely-vacant Cabotville Mill into as many as 600 apartments is back on 15 months after the project was withdrawn from consideration. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced Thursday that Aaron Popowitz, founder and managing principal of SilverBrick LLC and 4 Perkins LLC, has submitted new plans to renovate the downtown mill complex. Popowitz had originally planned to rehabilitate the mill, which is partly occupied by a number of small businesses, in 2016. He withdrew the plans in February 2017 citing disagreements in trying to purchase the property from Joshua Guttman, who has owned the property ...

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    17. Chicago consultant drafts blueprint for using MGM Springfield casino as catalyst for downtown 'renaissance'

      Chicago consultant drafts blueprint for using MGM Springfield casino as catalyst for downtown 'renaissance'

      A consultant that has provided guidance to city officials on all facets of the MGM Springfield casino project is now offering a blueprint on how the city should capitalize on that nearly $1 billion private investment to create a downtown "renaissance." Representatives of Chicago Consultants Studio Inc., discussed the report, titled "An Economic Development Strategy -- The Renaissance of a Great American Downtown," with city councilors, city planners and MGM Springfield officials this week.

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    18. U.S. Tsubaki celebrates expansion in Chicopee, adds 35 more jobs (photos, video)

      U.S. Tsubaki celebrates expansion in Chicopee, adds 35 more jobs (photos, video)

      The owners of U.S. Tsubaki officially opened its new about 100,000 square-foot addition Wednesday and with it announced it is looking for new employees. Mayor Richard J. Kos and other city officials joined U.S. Tsubaki President Daniel Butterfield and many of the company's employees to celebrate the opening of the about $11.5 million project with a ribbon cutting.

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    19. Westover Great New England Air Show will have more vintage aircraft, 25+ military planes...

      Westover Great New England Air Show will have more vintage aircraft, 25+ military planes...

      The Great New England Air and Space show at Westover will feature some of the best military acts, including the Air Force Thunderbirds flying team, but there will be so much more to see including vintage World War II planes that have not been seen at an Westover Air Reserve Base show and at least 25 modern military aircraft will be on display. Westover Air Reserve Base officials joined with the Galaxy Community Council and other supporters to unveil plans for the show that will be held on July 14-15. Admission and parking is free.

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    20. Springfield Elm Street block restoration plan climbs in cost; developer pursues more funds, tax credits

      Springfield Elm Street block restoration plan climbs in cost; developer pursues more funds, tax credits

      A developer said this week that a plan to redevelop a long-vacant historic block on Elm Street at Court Square has risen in cost to an estimated $50 million to $55 million. That makes the next 60-90 days critical developers try to secure additional funds to make the project a reality. Peter A. Picknelly, who is part of the development team seeking to restore the building at 13-31 Elm St. as market-rate housing, said there are challenges to fully funding the project, but also a unified effort by the developers, government officials and MGM Springfield.

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    21. Springfield residents more optimistic on city's future, less worried about crime, Western...

      Springfield residents more optimistic on city's future, less worried about crime, Western...

      Residents have a more favorable opinion of the city's quality of life, economic outlook and public safety than they did eight years ago, according to new findings from the Western New England University Polling Institute. And the optimism for Springfield's economy was highest among residents who listed themselves as supporters of the MGM Springfield casino project, said Tim Vercellotti, director of the polling institute and a professor of political science at Western New England University.

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    22. 12 years in the making, Holiday Inn Express opens at Epiphany Tower in downtown Springfield

      12 years in the making, Holiday Inn Express opens at Epiphany Tower in downtown Springfield

      The long wait is over as a new Holiday Inn Express opened this week at the former Epiphany Tower on lower State Street as MGM Springfield was announcing an early opening date a block away. "This has been a pleasure that we are open finally on April 24, which was a very exciting day for us because it has been long-awaited for us as it was for the city of Springfield," said Sarabjit Kandhari, general manager of the downtown hotel. The public reception to the opening of the 98-room hotel has been positive, with a few weekends in May already ...

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    23. MGM Springfield reveals $960 million resort casino to open earlier than expected (photos, video)

      MGM Springfield reveals $960 million resort casino to open earlier than expected (photos, video)

      MGM Resorts International will open its Springfield casino ahead of schedule on Aug. 24, culminating a seven-year journey from vision to operation. "It has just come together amazingly well," MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle told The Republican this week. "It's extremely exciting. Our commitment is to Springfield. Our commitment is to get this open successfully. We are well on track to do that." MGM had committed to opening the $960 million resort casino by September, describing its project as "New England's first integrated luxury resort and entertainment destination."

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    24. Springfield launches $1.07 million Stearns Square project after delayed start, lower bid (photos)

      Springfield launches $1.07 million Stearns Square project after delayed start, lower bid (photos)

      A West Springfield construction company has begun a $1 million renovation project at Stearns Square and Duryea Way that includes a refurbished historic fountain and improved pedestrian ways. JL Construction Corp. was awarded the project after submitting the low bid of $1,068,000 in February, said Peter Garvey, the city's director of capital asset construction. JL Construction was the low bidder of nine bids submitted. Prior bids submitted in November were deemed too expensive, triggering the city to rebid the project and delay the work, Garvey said.

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