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    1. Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials were among nearly 100 people who filled a tent and spilled out onto the lawn Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking for North Square at the Mill District, a 130-unit housing project that includes 26 affordable homes. Beacon Communities, the project developer, secured state low-income tax credits in December, necessary to help finance the project.  "This is a complete re-imagination of how this site at this point in time and into the future should be designed to support this community and its future," Baker said. "These are the kinds of things that we as ...

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    2. Greylock Works Transforming Mill with Help from MassDevelopment

      Greylock Works Transforming Mill with Help from MassDevelopment

      MassDevelopment has provided a $1.1 million loan to Greylock WORKS LLC, the developer of the Greylock Mill, a former cotton-spinning mill campus in North Adams that Greylock WORKS is transforming into a mixed-use commercial development. The organization will use loan proceeds to continue renovations of the Weave Shed, which includes a 26,000-square-foot event venue and commercial kitchen where the owners have been producing regional festivals and dance parties, as well as hosting weddings and other private events. “The Baker-Polito administration has created a toolbox of flexible resources to support significant opportunities for economic growth in municipalities across the ...

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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. Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will have a store at the MGM Springfield casino, the Springfield-based chain and MGM announced today. "We are going to build, or we are in the process of building, a beautiful new store," Camile Hannoush said. "A new prototype, a whole new look. Springfield is our home." The Hannoush brothers -- Elias, Joseph, Anthony, Norman, Peter, George, Camile and Nabil -- got their start locally working for Kay Jewelers in the Eastfield Mall back in 1978. They opened their first store in Chicopee two years later.

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    5. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech

      Gov. Charlie Baker spoke before a large audience of business executives and property developers Tuesday at the MassMutual Center, but at times he was talking to just two men. State Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, each chair the committees reviewing the Baker administration's $610 million economic development bill.

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    6. Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than six years since this ambitious project — a blend of both brownfield and greenfield development — was launched, and, for the most part, it is on schedule, said Nelson, president of Westmass for roughly half the duration of this effort. And by on schedule, he was referring to the pace ...

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    7. Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies urging state to continue funding technical assistance programs that help municipalities

      Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies urging state to continue funding technical assistance programs that help municipalities

      A critical funding source that allows the state's 13 regional planning agencies to provide free technical assistance to municipal planning departments was not included in the state Senate budget and now depends on the Legislature's conference committee to preserve it. Timothy W. Brennan, the executive director of both the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, sent a letter last week to members of the fiscal year 2019 Budget Conference Committee, "strongly and respectfully" urging them to authorize $2.8 million for the District Local Technical Assistance program and $88 million for Regional ...

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    8. Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield

      Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield

      Although MGM Springfield is still months away from opening, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he believes people are going to be "blown away" by the nearly $1 billion resort.  Baker, who toured the downtown casino and hotel project Saturday, told reporters he was impressed by the project's attention to detail and commitment to highlighting local history. "This thing is going to be spectacular. ... There's so many items and elements to this thing that are specifically geared toward reminding people this is in Springfield and it's a big part of Springfield's history," he said following an afternoon ...

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    9. Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Massive pre-cast concrete panels will be delivered from Vermont on trucks, and Olive Street will close from June 11 to July 14 as a downtown parking garage is assembled. The project is expected to finish before Oct. 31, and will cost $10.1 million, said Mayor Bill Martin. The 261 65-foot blocks will be plucked from 85-foot trailers by a crane, swung, and stacked into place, according to the Greenfield Recorder.  Between 12 and 15 sections will be delivered a day.

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    10. Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

      Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

      In 2016, Eversource was looking to sell 31 acres of land to a developer for a possible 14-unit subdivision, but now that same land on South Maple Street and Moody Bridge Road will be forever protected. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the electric company to preserve the land as open space since it was first marketed.  The parcel will be added to the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge with $680,000 coming from the state Land and Water Conservation Fund. The full price of the deal was not disclosed.

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    11. BusinessWest Announces 2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists

      BusinessWest Announces 2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists

      BusinessWest has announced the five finalists for this year’s Continued Excellence Award. They are Michael Fenton, associate at Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C.; William Gagnon, vice president of Marketing & Key Accounts for Excel Dryer Inc.; Samalid Hogan, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center; James Leahy, assistant director, Business Development and Promotion Sales for the regional office of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission; and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

       

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    12. Gourmet Food Solutions scooping up success in Springfield with Aunt Lily's line of dips (photos, video)

      Gourmet Food Solutions scooping up success in Springfield with Aunt Lily's line of dips (photos, video)

      Aunt Lily is doing very well for Gourmet Food Solutions of Springfield. Aunt Lily isn't a she, it's the brand name for Gourmet Food Solutions' new line of dairy-free refrigerated vegetable dips. Selling under its own brand name is a departure for the 4-year-old company. It had been exclusively making dips, salsa, pesto, sauces, salads and dressings used to simmer or finish vegetables. Those products are sold under store brand names for retailers like Stop & Shop, Wegman's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and others.

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    13. Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield rebooting as 1105 Main with a 'smoke and game' menu

      Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield rebooting as 1105 Main with a 'smoke and game' menu

      It really was the final goodbye to the Hofbrauhaus back in April, but it was only auf Wiedersehen -- until we see each other again -- to chef and owner Joe Stevens. Husband and wife team Joe and Liz Stevens are transforming the closed German restaurant into a new concept -- 1105 Main, named after the building's address -- that'll have what he calls a smoke and game menu featuring  briskets, ribs, wings, venison, bison and boar. He plans to keep the price of an entree under $25. "Just a twist on whatever is around," Joe Stevens said.

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    14. 'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      The Monarch Place Starbucks is part of a revamped pedestrian plaza facing Main Street and Boland Way. Paul Marcelina, general manager at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, said the restored fountain is back up and running and there is music playing at the outdoor seating area. "It's our oasis in the heart of downtown Springfield," he said.

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    15. Springfield Business Improvement District's architectural lighting program shines spotlight on best of downtown (photos)

      Springfield Business Improvement District's architectural lighting program shines spotlight on best of downtown (photos)

      The Springfield Business Improvement District's architectural lighting program is highlighting the best of downtown, and making the evenings a little brighter.  The program, in partnership with DevelopSpringfield, is designed to assist property owners located within the Springfield Business Improvement District. According to the BID, the three goals of the Architectural Lighting Program are:

      • To highlight historical architecture within Springfield's downtown metro area.
      • To provide a corridor of light for night time visitors to the downtown area.
      • To provide a level of comfort to visitors, increasing foot traffic and therefore economic growth.
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    16. Northampton Energized by Its Lively Downtown

      Northampton Energized by Its Lively Downtown

      Northampton’s downtown, Amy Cahillane says, is nothing if not eclectic. “We have a great mix of businesses,” said the director of the Downtown Northampton Assoc., a two-year-old organization dedicated to boosting vibrancy in the city’s center. “We have a lot of different clothing stores, coffee shops, restaurants and bars — there’s a lot of room to find your niche here.” She said business owners downtown are very much a network of mom-and-pop outfits that take pride in the district’s economic vibrancy and work hard to welcome new shop owners into the fold as they’re launching their ...

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    17. Starbucks at Springfield's Monarch Place opens next week; will donate proceeds toward Forest Park zoo African cat exhibit

      Starbucks at Springfield's Monarch Place opens next week; will donate proceeds toward Forest Park zoo African cat exhibit

      The new Starbucks in Monarch Place opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, building owner Paul Picknelly said Thursday. Workers were training this week in the new downtown store at the corner of  Main Street and Boland Way. The coffee shop will donate all proceeds from its first week of business to The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center. The money will go toward a new educational exhibit featuring two African cats, Picknelly said.

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    18. 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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    19. Plans to transform historic Northampton house into bed and breakfast to get review at Planning Board meeting

      Plans to transform historic Northampton house into bed and breakfast to get review at Planning Board meeting

      Plans for a new bed and breakfast in a historic section of Northampton will be considered by the city's planning board Thursday night, documents filed with the city show.  Deborah M. Henson, who lives at 83 Pomeroy Terrace, wants to convert sections of her single family home into a place where visitors can stay to enjoy the city.  The section of Northampton in which the house is located--Pomeroy Terrace--was just recently classified as a historic district and will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, said Sarah LaValley, of the city's planning and sustainability office.

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    20. Suffolk Downs agrees to lease, refurbish Great Barrington track for live horse racing | masslive.com

      Suffolk Downs agrees to lease, refurbish Great Barrington track for live horse racing | masslive.com

      The company that operates horse racing and simulcasting at Suffolk Downs in East Boston has agreed to lease and refurbish the race track in Great Barrington.  Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC said Wednesday they will operate commercial races at the Great Barrington track while still operating simulcast wagering in East Boston.  The Great Barrington Fairgrounds are owned by Fairgrounds Realty LLC and Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project Inc. Racing at Great Barrington could start in 2019. Suffolk is seeking to potentially modify the track for longer races.

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    21. Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to Host Three Half-time (18 - 20 hrs/wk) Commonwealth Corps members to serve as Community Outreach Support Specialists providing community resident, leader and employer outreach and mentor recruitment. Through their service, members will increase access to a greater number of residents who are underemployed or unemployed, and community leaders and employers who are vital to sustained employment.

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    22. Springfield Innovation Center construction to resume in June

      Springfield Innovation Center construction to resume in June

      DevelopSpringfield says it will restart renovation work in mid-June on the long-stalled Springfield Innovation Center. MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, sent DevelopSpringfield a commitment letter this week putting the local agency one step closer to getting the financing it needs to complete the project, said Nicholas Fyntrilakis, chairman of the DevelopSpringfield board of directors.

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    23. Ludlow Mills lands $300K in historic tax credits, says Rep. Thomas Petrolati

      Ludlow Mills lands $300K in historic tax credits, says Rep. Thomas Petrolati

      The mammoth Ludlow Mills complex has landed $300,000 in historic tax credits from the state, said Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, a strong supporter of the ongoing preservation and redevelopment project along the banks of the Chicopee River.  The funding will help developer WinnCompanies complete a restoration project that's expected to produce 89 residential units and create up to 100 construction jobs at the iconic Clock Tower Building at Mill 8, one of the many buildings at the sprawling complex covering 170 acres between State Street and the river.

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    24. Simply Grace, winner of US Small Business Administration honor, proves that yes, people will shop in downtown Springfield (photos, video)

      Simply Grace, winner of US Small Business Administration honor, proves that yes, people will shop in downtown Springfield (photos, video)

      Simply Grace, a collection of shops in downtown Springfield begun three years ago as a holiday pop-up, was lauded Wednesday by the U.S. Small Business administration as it prepares to expand with a hair and nails salon. "I remember when we were praying for $100 in sales for a week," said co-owner Mikki Lessard, recalling a touch-and-go transition into a year-round enterprise. "I remember when we fought the winter doldrums because you all in Springfield stay in your offices when it's cold out."

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