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    1. '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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly and team behind The Fort in Springfield buy McLadden's Irish pubs in Northampton, Connecticut

      Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly and team behind The Fort in Springfield buy McLadden's Irish pubs in Northampton, Connecticut

      From scorpion bowls to Wiener schnitzel to bangers and mash. Restaurateur Andy Yee and his partners at the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room -- Peter Picknelly and father-and-son business consultants Michael K. Vann and Kevin B. Vann -- have purchased the McLadden's Irish Publick House chain and its four locations: Northampton at the site of the old Pleasant Street Theater, in Simsbury, Connecticut, and two in West Hartford, Connecticut. McLadden's describes itself online as a craft beer experience gastropub and whiskey bar.

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    12. Holyoke Mall getting Round1 Bowling & Amusement

      Holyoke Mall getting Round1 Bowling & Amusement

      Round1 Bowling & Amusement will open early next year at Holyoke Mall, management said Thursday. It'll be the second Massachusetts location for Round1, following one in Taunton at  Silver City Galleria. A Saugus location was planned but not built, according to published reports. Holyoke's Round1 will be on the lower level above Cafe Square in 51,642 square feet. It will also be accessible from stairs on the upper level near Billy Beez.

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    13. Friendly's CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

      Friendly's CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

      Friendly's CEO John Maguire, a former Panera Bread executive who took the helm at Friendly's just months after the chain emerged from bankruptcy, is leaving after more than six years with the Greater Springfield mainstay. Maguire is leaving to take another job in the restaurant industry, which he said will be announced at a later date. Friendly's said Wednesday that George Michel, who served as CEO of Boston Market Corp. for eight years, will be  interim CEO at Friendly's.

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    14. Springfield's Eastfield Mall looks to future as an 'internet resistant' community-within-a-community

      Springfield's Eastfield Mall looks to future as an 'internet resistant' community-within-a-community

       Mountain Development Corp., owner of the Eastfield Mall, wants Eastfield Commons, the $200 million, open-air, mixed use development it plans for the site, to be unique, convenient and trendy. But Mountain needs it to be, in the words of Chuck Breidenbach, managing director for MDC Retail Properties Group, "internet resistant." "It's a problem everybody in brick-and-mortar retail is facing," Breidenbach said in a phone interview with The Republican on Tuesday. "We have a vision to make this into a large mixed-use site. We feel it is the best use for the location.

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    15. Owners of Eastfield Mall in Springfield hire brokers to pursue redevelopment

      Owners of Eastfield Mall in Springfield hire brokers to pursue redevelopment

      Cushman and Wakefield said in a news release that the 87-acre Eastfield Mall site is ideal for redevelopment into a mixed-use with retail, housing and offices in a "main street" setting. The result would most likely look like trendy "lifestyle" centers where buildings are arranged on streets in an open-air plaza instead of an enclosed mall. That process, which can leave existing structures like the movie theater standing, is called de-malling.

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    16. Springfield Symphony Hall / CityStage management exiting at end of 2018

      Springfield Symphony Hall / CityStage management exiting at end of 2018

      Weeks after putting out a fall events calendar that didn't stretch past the end of its current contract, Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. said Monday that it'll no longer manage CityStage and Symphony Hall. Contracts to operate both venues expire Dec. 31. The city contracts for management of Symphony Hall, and the Springfield Parking Authority contracts  for management of CityStage, which is built into the Columbus Center complex on Bridge Street.

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    17. MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      What used to be the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is now the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. The former CareerPoint in Holyoke is now the MassHire Holyoke Career Center, and the former FutureWorks is now the MassHire Springfield Career Center. It is all part of a statewide rebranding of Massachusetts' 29 career centers and 16 workforce boards, which used to go by 45 different names. They're now part of the unified MassHire brand, with a consistent logo and themed website addresses and social media handles. It's statewide, so the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board is now ...

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    18. Amtrak, CTrail shift to buses for rail construction this weekend

      Amtrak, CTrail shift to buses for rail construction this weekend

      CTrail Hartford Line and Amtrak passenger service between Hartford and Springfield will be on buses this weekend to accommodate construction crews adding a second set of rails between Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut.  The rail line is also switching to a new schedule starting Monday and running through Sept. 30. One change with the new schedule is that all CTrail trains stop at New Haven's State Street station. The schedule is available here.

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    19. Proposed Palmer water park resort promises 2,000 jobs, $650 million investment

      Proposed Palmer water park resort promises 2,000 jobs, $650 million investment

      Promising a $650 million investment and 2,000 jobs, the developers behind the proposed 450-room Palmer Water Park Resort & Spa are going public with more details about their project, its designers and the next steps they'll need to take. The park would be built at the site once proposed for a Mohegan Sun casino. The 152-acre property is just off Exit 8 on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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    20. Pride starts construction of 2 Springfield stores

      Pride starts construction of 2 Springfield stores

      Pride Stores has begun the work of installing underground tanks and improving drainage at 700 State St. with plans to build a 4,800-square-foot store on the site. At the same time, Pride has already begun site preparations for a new 4,600-square-foot store at its existing location at the corner of Breckwood Boulevard and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres near Western New England University, Pride Stores CEO Robert Bolduc said.

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    21. Help wanted: Manufacturers, jobs programs scramble to attract workers (photos, video)

      Help wanted: Manufacturers, jobs programs scramble to attract workers (photos, video)

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. "It's a major economic development issue for us. These companies are major employers in their communities. And they can't grow." The 1,400-job deficit and other figures come from a recent survey prepared by the MassHire state job centers for Hampden County and for Hampshire and Franklin counties. It's a document the two agencies will incorporate into the regional workforce plan they have already submitted to the Baker administration and will present to schools up and down the valley.

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    22. 'There is something special happening here': Valley Venture Mentors, Spark get state funding for more business mentoring

      'There is something special happening here': Valley Venture Mentors, Spark get state funding for more business mentoring

      OpenPixel Studios has done animated videos for General Electric, for the U.S. Open tennis tournament and for The Masters golf tournament. Hot Oven Bakery is preparing to move from a food truck into a brick-and-mortar bakery on Springfield's Main Street, and founder Sheila Coon plans to sell dough to MGM Springfield. On Friday, the two organizations that helped entrepreneurs found Hot Oven Cookies, OpenPixel and dozens of other startups in the Pioneer Valley -- Valley Venture Mentors, of Springfield, and Spark, of Holyoke -- each received $80,000 grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

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    23. Entrepreneurship conference will focus on women business owners in Western Massachusetts

      Entrepreneurship conference will focus on women business owners in Western Massachusetts

      More than half the 400 or so members of the Western Massachusetts SCORE chapter are women, and nationally the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs are women, particularly women of color. But when it comes to getting venture capital and corporate funding, women-owned businesses are less than 5 percent of the funding stream. "There is this perception that women are not starting businesses," Simeoli said. "We are fighting against that." The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield. Registration is available online at scorebeyondthelimits.com.

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