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    1. MSBDCN Offers Workshop on Starting a Business

      The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network’s Western regional office will offer a free workshop ‘The Basics of Starting a Business,’ four times this fall, starting on Sept. 17. Presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the MSBDCN’s Western Mass. office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business-plan development to funding sources.

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    2. IHOP building coming down, KFC to go up on Boston Road in Springfield

      IHOP building coming down, KFC to go up on Boston Road in Springfield

      A property owner is planning to demolish the former International House of Pancakes building on Boston Road and replace it with a new KFC restaurant. The former IHOP at 1324 Boston Road, near Pasco Road, is slated for demolition next week, and the new KFC could be ready to open by Dec. 1, said Frank Colacchio, of Boston Road/Pasco RT20 Retail LLC, the property owner. A 2,382-square-foot building is planned with 42 seats inside and an outside dining area.

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    3. MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel

      MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel

      The letters for "MassMutual" are coming down from Tower Square in what was -- given the current state of the sign Wednesday -- an "utual" decision between the insurer and the new owners of the 28-story building. But the recently departed Marriott sign on the complex's hotel is on its way back, according to the new owners, who plan extensive renovations at the hotel. MassMutual is removing its name from the Tower Square office building, four months after selling the downtown Springfield skyscraper to a group of investors for $7 million. The sign was on the north and south sides of ...

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    4. Conceptual designs presented for Westfield urban renewal project

      Conceptual designs presented for Westfield urban renewal project

      The Westfield Redevelopment Authority is considering which conceptual design for the urban renewal project on Elm Street would be the best fit for the city. The WRA hopes the empty lot that spans the block from the Church Street Commons building to the corner of Arnold Street will become a mixed-use space incorporating restaurants, retail and apartments. The location is the site of the former J.J. Newberry's department store and other retail shops and apartments. The store burned down in 1986.

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    5. Wilbraham Strives for a Healthy Balance - BusinessWest

      Wilbraham Strives for a Healthy Balance - BusinessWest

      Being pro-business, Jeff Smith says, doesn’t mean letting just any business set up shop in Wilbraham — but it does mean giving every business a fair shake.  Take, for example, Iron Duke Brewing, which is moving to town after a successful but eventually contentious stay at the Ludlow Mills. Because Wilbraham had no zoning for microbrew and brewpub establishments, the town’s Economic Development Initiative Steering Committee (EDICS) recommended a zoning change that eased the path for not just Iron Duke, but also Catch 22 Brewing, which is setting up shop at the former Dana’s Grillroom on Boston Road.

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    6. Springfield gets 2 proposals for reuse of former Oak Street fire station

      Springfield gets 2 proposals for reuse of former Oak Street fire station

      The city has received two competing proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard -- one bid for a live-in art studio and the other to provide clinical services for opioid addiction. The two proposals were received by Tuesday's deadline, and each included an offer of $100 to buy the long-closed fire station at the intersection of Oak and Berkshire streets. The city had attempted to sell the station on four prior occasions, and this time added a $50,000 incentive that will help with redevelopment costs.

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    7. Ware receives $725K grant for paving, water and sewer project | masslive.com

      Ware receives $725K grant for paving, water and sewer project | masslive.com

      The town on Wednesday confirmed receipt of a $725,000 Community Development Block Grant.  According to Ware Town Manager Stuart Beckley, the bulk of the funds will pay for road work and infrastructure repairs on Spring Street, a 100-yard road located in a section of town the Community Development Authority deemed a 'slum and blight' area.  One reason selectmen were convinced to approve that designation was because it would increase the town's eligibility for government grants.

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    8. MGM Springfield to host year-round entertainment, seasonal events and yoga at casino's outdoor plaza

      MGM Springfield to host year-round entertainment, seasonal events and yoga at casino's outdoor plaza

      MGM Springfield is pledging there will be "something for everyone" at the open-air plaza in the heart of its $960 million resort casino, slated to open on Aug. 24. MGM Springfield officials said Wednesday the offerings at the large outdoor plaza will include activities ranging from concerts to ice skating to pop-up art to outdoor yoga. "The Plaza will be a high-energy gathering place at the heart of the resort, uniting visitors with Springfield locals, businesses and attractions," said Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield. "Our goal is to introduce the region to a new standard of entertainment offerings with ...

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    9. West Springfield development office eyes purchase of First Congregational Church

      West Springfield development office eyes purchase of First Congregational Church

      The city's development office is looking to reallocate federal grant funds to purchase First Congregational Church on Lathrop Street. The property is needed to access Coburn Elementary School, where renovations are planned, said Community Development Director Morgan Drewniany. "After the renovation it would be used as a community center," Drewniany said. The church and property are assessed at $650,000, however, a purchase price has not been agreed upon.

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    10. Holyoke, Boston developer continue pursuit of historic tax credits for Farr Alpaca Mill conversion to rental units

      Holyoke, Boston developer continue pursuit of historic tax credits for Farr Alpaca Mill conversion to rental units

      The city and WinnDevelopment continue to pursue historic tax credits and other incentives to convert the former Farr Alpaca Mill at 216 Appleton St., into 100 rental units. Winn and the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority entered into an agreement on the property. The former mill is situated between the Upper Canal and the Holyoke Police Department. WinnDevelopment, of Boston, plans to offer market and income-rate apartments. The company has regularly undertaken similar projects nationwide, including the Ludlow Mills and Residences at Mill 10, a 55-plus community in Ludlow.

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    11. Springfield's Chestnut Towers receives $10.2 million in state funding toward planned renovations

      Springfield's Chestnut Towers receives $10.2 million in state funding toward planned renovations

      Springfield's Chestnut Towers will receive $10.2 million in affordable housing funds for renovations, state Secretary of Housing and Development Jay Ash said Wednesday during a visit to the downtown complex. The new funding will supplement a $45 million investment by the property's management, Related Companies, to renovate and transform the 489-unit apartment complex, said Jeff Brodsky, the company's vice chairman, during a press conference.

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    12. Springfield plans environmental review before seeking buyer to redevelop junkyard lots

      Springfield plans environmental review before seeking buyer to redevelop junkyard lots

      The city is planning to hire a company for an environmental assessment of a 14-acre swath of tax-title properties along Bay and Tapley streets with the hope that it will lead to the sale, cleanup and redevelopment of the site. The city recently received a $99,940 grant from MassDevelopment, the state's economic development finance arm, that will pay for the environmental assessment before the city pursues a new owner to develop the site, city officials said. The site has past industrial uses including storage of automotive parts and metal recyling.

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    13. Greenfield library gets $9.4 million grant for new building

      Greenfield library gets $9.4 million grant for new building

      Plans to build a new library on Main Street got a boost with the announcement of a $9.38 million state grant. Saturday afternoon, project supporters gathered to celebrate the news from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The entire project cost is around $20.5 million, so the grant halves the amount that might be paid from municipal funds -- and the Greenfield Public Library Association said it would raise funds to further soften the tax blow.

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    14. Downtown Parking Venture Is Fulfilling Promise

      Downtown Parking Venture Is Fulfilling Promise

      Valet parking isn’t exactly a novel concept; banquet halls, restaurants, and hospitals have been offering that service for years, if not decades. But it is when it comes to downtown Springfield’s office towers. One Financial Plaza recently introduced the concept, and in a few weeks, it is living up the promise first foreseen a decade ago. Evan Plotkin says he first conceived of the idea of instituting valet parking at 1350 Main St. in downtown Springfield — the office tower he co-owns — almost 10 years ago.

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    15. Chicopee eyes tax deal to help develop apartments in Cabotville Mill

      Chicopee eyes tax deal to help develop apartments in Cabotville Mill

      Tax break details for the redevelopment of the Cabotville Mill complex still have to be worked out, but city leaders are already looking beyond converting the old factory buildings into housing to the dream of drawing customers to the nearby shops and restaurants. "I think it could revitalize the whole downtown,'' City Councilor James K. Tillotson said. "I think all those businesses are really looking forward to it. We would entice more small restaurants and markets, and some specialty shops,'' Tillotson said.

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    16. Springfield officials celebrate opening of Holiday Inn Express in downtown (photos)

      Springfield officials celebrate opening of Holiday Inn Express in downtown (photos)

      City officials and other well-wishers gathered Wednesday at the new Holiday Inn Express on State Street, celebrating its recent opening which ended years of delays and anticipation. The 98-room hotel opened in April at the former Epiphany Tower, 145 State St., across the street from the MassMutual Center and a short distance from the MGM Springfield casino project.

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    17. Springfield City Council approves tax incentives for Willys-Overland downtown housing...

      Springfield City Council approves tax incentives for Willys-Overland downtown housing...

      The City Council approved tax incentives for the historic Willys-Overland property on Chestnut Street on Monday, providing property tax relief to the new owner to assist plans to convert the site to market-rate housing. The vote was 8-0 to approve the 10-year tax increment exemption agreement with Davenport Companies, under the name Chestnut Acquisitions LLC. Under the agreement, Davenport will have a total tax savings estimated at $310,000 over 10 years, according to the Assessors Department.

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    18. Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments

      Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments

      Two meetings are planned next week to review a proposal to construct a four-story building with 1,000 square feet of commercial space and 58 studio apartments on an approximately one-third acre lot at 26 Spring St. downtown. The Amherst Design Review Committee will convene Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall; the Planning Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m.

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    19. Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill

      Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill

      State representatives on Tuesday night added $125 million in earmarked spending to a $666 million economic development bill before sending it along to the Senate.  The economic development bill, H.4714, is passed each year as a way to fund major projects around the state. It includes earmarks for specific projects, funding for economic development grants and money for job training.

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    20. Go Westfield – Westfield, Mass. Economic Development

      Go Westfield – Westfield, Mass. Economic Development

      “The City of Westfield is committed to working with businesses to make it easy to locate, operate, and grow jobs. Westfield has distinguished itself by tapping into numerous economic development programs to improve its infrastructure, leverage state-owned property and facilities for commercial use, develop its workforce, and tap into private investment in support of its economic development agenda.”
      Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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    21. Springfield’s Economy Continues to Outperform Hartford

      Springfield’s Economy Continues to Outperform Hartford

      Connecticut has had its share of economic challenges in recent years, including a slow but steady outmigration of residents. Many might not be aware, however, of how stark the differences are between Connecticut and Massachusetts when it comes to long-term job recovery from the Great Recession — including Springfield’s relative strength when compared to Hartford. Farmington Bank’s economic adviser recently broke down the numbers, painting a picture that should be encouraging to those north of the border.

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    22. Bulkley Richardson Opens Office in Hadley - BusinessWest

      Due to expanding needs, Bulkley Richardson has moved from its Amherst location into a more spacious office at 380 Russell St. in Hadley.  “This move supports the growing needs of our clients and offers a more centralized location in Hampshire County,” said Peter Barry, managing partner of the 35-attorney firm. “The move is another example of the firm striving to exceed client expectations. We can accommodate more attorneys working in the new space, which means offering a greater range of services to our clients.”

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    23. Want to buy an old fire station? Springfield willing to chip in $50,000 for redevelopment

      Want to buy an old fire station? Springfield willing to chip in $50,000 for redevelopment

      After four unsuccessful efforts in recent years to sell the former century-old Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard, the city is trying again -- this time with a $50,000 incentive offered to a buyer willing to redevelop the site. The city's first-time offer up to $50,000 to a successful bidder is from the city's annual allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, as approved by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The incentive is for exterior improvements such as roof, masonry and window repairs, according to the city's advertisement for proposals.

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    24. Historic Armory site sold, new owners plan $5 million project

      Historic Armory site sold, new owners plan $5 million project

      Built Partnership, a Georgia-based investor and developer, has purchased the the 140,000-square-foot Armory Watershops site and plans in investment of more than $5 million at the site. Built Partnership's plan is to redevelop the 161-year-old site into space for high-tech light manufacturing, e-commerce, storage, and office space, according to a news release. The new owners said current tenants are expected to remain on the site initially.

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