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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. '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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 100 days from MGM Springfield's grand opening, $960 million casino nears completion (photos, video)

      100 days from MGM Springfield's grand opening, $960 million casino nears completion (photos, video)

      With just 100 days until MGM Resorts International opens the doors to its $960 million casino in downtown Springfield, construction on the site is ongoing, with new details of the massive structure being revealed daily.  Historic facades from the site's previous structures have been recreated or retained, to give the 14.5 acre site abutted by the South End and downtown areas a touch of flare reminiscent of days gone by, within the state-of-the-art entertainment and gambling complex. Inside the casino, aspects of the region's history and culture, ranging from Dr. Seuss and Emily Dickinson to Indian Motocycle ...

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. Greenfield’s Downtown Gaining Momentum

      Greenfield’s Downtown Gaining Momentum

      Greenfield Mayor William Martin acknowledged that it isn’t exactly a scientific measure of either his downtown’s vibrancy or the efficiency of his long-term strategic plan for the central business district. But it certainly works for him. He’s being told there’s a parking problem downtown. Actually, he’s been told that for some time. Until recently, the commentary involved the east end of that district by Town Hall, and the chorus was so loud and so persistent that the community is now building a 272-lot parking garage in that area, due to open in the fall.

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    22. MGM announces roadway projects in Springfield and West Springfield; city also lists projects

      MGM announces roadway projects in Springfield and West Springfield; city also lists projects

      MGM Springfield has released a roadway construction advisory for the weeks of May 14 and 21, in and around downtown Springfield and West Springfield to improve certain roadways, intersections, sidewalks and traffic signals in advance of the resort opening on Aug. 24. MGM Springfield is investing $5.5 million and the city of Springfield more than $1.4 million in improvements and enhancements known as "Main Street Refresh." MGM is overseeing work that includes: intersection/travel signal improvements, utility upgrades, roadway reconstruction/paving, and pedestrian/bicycle enhancements (including handicap accessibility).

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    23. 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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    24. 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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