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    1. MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study

      MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it has retained a consulting firm for $1 million to study the feasibility of east-west rail from Boston through Worcester to Springfield and as far west as Pittsfield. Victoria Mier, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said work will begin as soon as the deal is final and a notice to proceed is issued. Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said he learned Saturday that MassDOT plans to issue that notice in early 2019, with the study beginning soon thereafter. It will take about one ...

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    2. UMass water technology lab could spur new developments

      UMass water technology lab could spur new developments

      Thirty companies are in the pipeline, waiting to use a $3.9 million water technology demonstration center that could be built at the University of Massachusetts in as soon as two years. About 250 people attended the "Innovations and Opportunities in Water Technologies" conference Monday at the Amherst campus. Now the job is to get the money, already called for in a 2014 state bonding bill, and include it in a state spending budget, said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development of Western Massachusetts.

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    3. United Bank moves into Webster Bank offices in East Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, closes others

      United Bank moves into Webster Bank offices in East Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, closes others

      United Bank has taken over six Wesbter Bank branches it bought from Webster back in May. The locations, including the West Springfield branch at 50 Elm St.,  the Springfield branch at 1355 Boston Road and an East Longmeadow branch at 62 Center Square, officially became United Bank branches Oct. 9. Signs were changed. The other branches were Waterford and Groton in Connecticut and Westerly, Rhode Island. The bank converted customer accounts over Columbus Day weekend. United's branches at 95 Elm St., West Springfield, 459 Main St. in Indian Orchard and 94 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow have all closed.

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    4. Way Finders continues demolition at old Peter Pan bus station in Springfield

      Way Finders continues demolition at old Peter Pan bus station in Springfield

      Specialized crews are removing asbestos from the former Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal. Meanwhile, the head of Way Finders says construction of the housing agency's new headquarters should begin at the site in the middle of November. Demolition should take four weeks once the toxic asbestos is removed and disposed of, said Peter A. Gagliardi, president and CEO of Way Finders. Way Finders is the new name for what was once HAP Housing.

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    5. Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Rail passengers and their advocates will gather Saturday in Springfield at what they see as a watershed moment. The new CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven is five months old. Plans for new service north of Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield and east-west to the Berkshires from New York and between Boston and Springfield are picking up steam.

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    6. What does Sears bankruptcy mean for Springfield's Eastfield Mall?

      What does Sears bankruptcy mean for Springfield's Eastfield Mall?

      The expected bankruptcy of Sears Holdings Corp. may force the ailing retailer to sell its former store in Springfield as part of a nationwide real estate selloff, further clearing the way for redevelopment at the Eastfield Mall. It all depends on what Sears and its lenders want to do, said Chuck Breidenbach, managing director for MDC Retail Properties Group, in an email Wednesday. MDC is a unit of Mountain Development Corp., which owns the rest of the Eastfield Mall property, a total of 68 acres. Breidenbach is the executive in charge of Mountain Development's plans to turn Eastfield Mall ...

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    7. Liqueur entrepreneur headlines Springfield Chamber's Super 60 event

      Liqueur entrepreneur headlines Springfield Chamber's Super 60 event

      Lelaneia Dubay, co-founder of the Hartford Flavor Co. distillery in Connecticut, will give the keynote talk at the Springfield Regional Chamber's 2018 Super 60 celebration. The chamber uses the annual Super 60 event to honor the 60 fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the region. There are two categories: Companies are selected based on their percentage of revenue growth over a full three-year period or total revenues for the latest fiscal year.

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    8. PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.4 million to renovate 110-year-old PVTA maintenance facility in the North End into a modern place to store and repair its paratransit fleet. Meanwhile PVTA -- otherwise known as the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority -- will move its bus maintenance and operations to a new $55 million, 225,000-square-foot, state and federally funded depot on Cottage Street in March, said Administrator Sandra E. Sheehan.

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    9. State grants $3.2 million for housing in Falmouth, Newburyport, Northampton

      State grants $3.2 million for housing in Falmouth, Newburyport, Northampton

      Massachusetts officials Tuesday announced $3.2 million in grants toward the construction of affordable housing projects in Falmouth, Newburyport and Northampton. A 12-unit building at 35 Village Hill Road in Northampton on what was once the grounds of a state hospital will get $1.3 million. Other projects are at the YWCA at Hillside in Newburyport, which received $600,000, and at Gifford Street in Falmouth, which received $1.3 million.

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    10. Palmer Renewable Energy plans spring groundbreaking for Springfield biomass plant

      Palmer Renewable Energy plans spring groundbreaking for Springfield biomass plant

      Palmer Renewable Energy is planning a spring groundbreaking for the $150 million biomass energy plant it wants to build in East Springfield, an attorney representing the company said Monday. The move comes more than two years after the last time the wood-to-energy project was in the news and follows more than a decade of litigation, regulatory approvals and neighborhood protests. Palmer Renewable Energy and its 35-megawatt plant will be a tenant on the Palmer Paving site at 1000 Page Blvd., said Frank P. Fitzgerald, a lawyer for Palmer Renewable Energy.

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    11. Instead of 'closing doors' in city, YMCA of Greater Springfield has plans for Tower Square, considers renovation, new building

      Instead of 'closing doors' in city, YMCA of Greater Springfield has plans for Tower Square, considers renovation, new building

      To keep its doors open in the city, the YMCA of Greater Springfield must attract more dues-paying members, Dexter Johnson, president and CEO, said Monday. To get those members, the Y will need either a wall-to-wall renovation or reconstruction of its building at 275 Chestnut St., built in 1965, or it'll need a new building either at that site or someplace else, possibly working with local hospitals, Johnson said. The Y is on the verge of announcing the move of its child care and health and wellness exercise facilities to Tower Square, where children would use a rooftop patio ...

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    12. Palmer Paving sold to New York-based company for undisclosed price

      Palmer Paving sold to New York-based company for undisclosed price

      Palmer Paving, a maker of asphalt and builder of roads with facilities in Springfield, Palmer, Easthampton and Barre, Massachusetts, was sold in September to Peckham Industries Inc. of White Plains, New York. In a news release, Pekham promises to keep Palmer Paving's 150 employees and to retain Janet Callahan as President of Palmer Paving Corp. "We know that the Peckham group will enhance our business operations and provide great opportunities for our team here at Palmer," Janet Callahan said in a news release

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    13. 'The Prudential,' Holyoke's tallest office building, sells at foreclosure auction; new owner seeks partners in redevelopment

      'The Prudential,' Holyoke's tallest office building, sells at foreclosure auction; new owner seeks partners in redevelopment

      The New York City man who held the mortgage on 274-276 High St. bought the office building at a foreclosure auction Wednesday for $380,000. The property is known as the Prudential because, at eight stories, it's one of the tallest buildings in Paper City. The sale allows investor Roy L. Felshin a chance at recouping the money he loaned on the building by either redeveloping it himself or selling it through conventional means. Once a foreclosure is in process, the foreclosure auction is the only way to put the property in new hands and with a clear title.

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    14. Owners of iconic Red Lion Inn eyeing Springfield for potential 100-room boutique hotel

      Owners of iconic Red Lion Inn eyeing Springfield for potential 100-room boutique hotel

      The Berkshires-based company behind the Red Lion Inn recently renewed its efforts to build a 100-room "boutique-style" hotel here in Springfield. "Main Street Hospitality is looking carefully to find the right project that would add to the 'New Springfield' landscape and are in discussions with a number of different groups," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group in an emailed response to questions. Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said Main Street Hospitality recently renewed contact with him.

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    15. From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke

      From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke

      Holyoke's got sunshine on a cloudy day. Or at least Holyoke Gas & Electric does. The city's municipal power utility is storing solar-generated electricity at property that was once part of the Mount Tom Power Station coal-and-oil fired electricity plant.  The state's largest utility-scale energy storage system had its grand opening Tuesday, playing host to officials from the city, state and ENGIE North America.

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    16. STCC gets $1.15 million for programs in photonics, 'internet of things'

      STCC gets $1.15 million for programs in photonics, 'internet of things'

      On Monday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, was at Springfield Technical Community College to announce $1.15 million in National Science Foundation grants aimed at preparing students to work not just in the self-driving car industry, but in jobs involving many applications of these technologies. The grants include $599,388 to develop Professor Gary J. Mullett's "Internet of Things Education" project and $551,202 to develop Professor Nicholas M. Massa's "Problem Based Learning in Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Education" project.

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    17. Amherst Knights of Columbus sell $1.29 million in downtown real estate

      Amherst Knights of Columbus sell $1.29 million in downtown real estate

      Businessman Barry Roberts has purchased the former Knights of Columbus Amherst Council property at 37 North Pleasant St. and 37 Boltwood Walk for $1.29 million. Roberts said the front of the property, the Pleasant Street side, is occupied by McMuphy's Uptown Tavern and the chock-full-of antiques Amherst Typewriter & Computer shop. Upstairs office space on the Pleasant Street side, space once leased to the Boys & Girls Club, is available, Roberts said.

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    18. Old Springfield RMV eyed for retail, restaurant development

      Old Springfield RMV eyed for retail, restaurant development

      Davenport Companies, the new owner of the old Registry of Motor Vehicles offices at 165 Liberty St., is marketing the site for commercial redevelopment, having bought it from the state in June. "We have received a surprising number of offers," said Charles Irving, principal of Boston-based Davenport. "All are retail/restaurant uses. Some want to tear it down. Some want to reuse the existing building. We are looking at it from all angles right now."

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    19. Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors is moving this week from Tower Square into temporary quarters on the third floor of the new Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St. Valley Venture Mentors plans to be in its permanent home on the first and second floors of the Innovation Center in January, said CEO Kristin Leutz. "Well, we can't wait. Springfield has never looked better downtown," she said. "VVM will be so proud to move in here to the Springfield Innovation Center."

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    20. State OKs Westfield tax incentive for Myers Information Systems

      State OKs Westfield tax incentive for Myers Information Systems

      The state has approved the city's decision to grant a six-year, $52,000 tax break to Myers Information Systems, the Northampton software company that plans to relocate to a vacant former bar and restaurant here. Under the agreement, Myers Information Systems will only pay a portion of the taxes on the improvements it makes to 110 Elm St. in Westfield. The percentage it pays goes up every year until hitting 100 percent.

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    21. Holyoke's 'Prudential' building, among tallest in Paper City, up for foreclosure auction

      Holyoke's 'Prudential' building, among tallest in Paper City, up for foreclosure auction

      The Prew Building at 274-276 High St. -- also known as the Prudential because it's one of the tallest buildings in Paper City -- will be sold at auction at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 following foreclosure proceedings. At eight stories, the 29,000-square-foot building isn't the tallest in Holyoke, but it is the tallest in the immediate downtown. Plans prepared in 2014 and posted to he city's Holyoke Redevelopment website pegged the cost of rehabbing the building into mixed-use retail, office and housing space at $5.6 million to $6 million.

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    22. Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      The Big E is offering a free shuttle van that meets CTrail Hartford Line trains at Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays. The Connecticut Department of Transportation, which operates CTrail passenger service, will be at Big E this year, handing out Hartford Line literature and answering questions from a table in the Connecticut Building on the Avenue of States, said Ron Dresner, of Dennis PR Group, which handles promotion for CTrail.

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