1. Articles in category: Business Development

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    1. Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe opening West Springfield location

      Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe opening West Springfield location

      Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe owner Anthony Martone is opening in a new location at 816 Westfield St. "We are going to specialize in our brick-oven pizza," Martone said. "We are also introducing new Tuscan bread pressed sandwiches and we'll have an outdoor area for a late-night coffee."

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    2. ‘There must be some good use for it,’ Jacob Trudeau says after buying Strathmore Mill building in Russell for $15K

      ‘There must be some good use for it,’ Jacob Trudeau says after buying Strathmore Mill building in Russell for $15K

      A Pittsfield man who thought he’d get a chance to bid on different mill building has instead purchased Strathmore Mill #2 at auction from the town for just $15,000. “I thought as long I was here, I’d try and buy it anyway,” buyer Jacob Trudeau, 30, said Thursday following the auction at Russell Town Hall. He'd seen a sign on Route 20 advertising the auction last week while driving home from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

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    3. Regional Economic Development Planning Council Engagement Sessions

      Regional Economic Development Planning Council Engagement Sessions

      Over the next few weeks, the Baker-Polito Administration will hold several regional engagement sessions all across the Commonwealth including Greater Boston, Central Mass, Cape & the Islands, and Berkshire County. A full list of engagement sessions will be posted on our website at www.mass.gov/hed. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Bourque at molly.p.bourque@mass.gov.

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    4. Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      The town will sell an abandoned mill at auction with hopes of breathing new life in to a building where the smokestack still bears words “STRATHMORE PAPER” in contrasting black brickwork. It’s a bit of branding still visible for miles up and down the Westfield River Valley 20 years after International Paper closed Strathmore Mill No. 2, a move that cost 170 employees their jobs.

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    5. Homewood Suites by Hilton Hadley Now Open

      Homewood Suits by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, announced the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suits by Hilton Hadley. With 96 new suites, the hotel is the first extended-stay property in Hampshire County. “The extended-stay hotel model has been missing in this region. With visiting professors and foreign students in need of housing, as well as parents visiting for extended periods of time, we believe this hotel will meet their needs,” said Sharon Thompson, general manager. “Homewood Suites was designed to equally meet the needs of those people staying one night, as well as several months.”

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    6. Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      The Blandford Club, a 110-year-old golf course on a Berkshires hilltop with views of Pioneer Valley below, might not have opened for golf this spring. The 56 acres of land would be sold, the club’s dwindling core group of member feared, and its rolling fairways would be turned into a housing subdivision. But that didn't happen. Instead, a group of longtime members headed by Mark Amanti, owner of Advance Manufacturing in Westfield, bought the club and assumed its debts. The newly renamed Blandford Country Club is preparing to open around May 1.

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    7. People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      Joanne Berwald, Vice President of Human Resources for Mestek, Inc., will add Distinguished Citizen on May 7 to her diversified list of well-earned community accolades. The Boy Scouts of America's Western Massachusetts Council will honor Berwald at the 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner at Chez Josef in Agawam, where Carol Leary, president of Bay Path College will be the guest speaker.

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    8. First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of Business Development said in a statement that it is “working to establish a dialogue with the company, as it regularly does with businesses both in and outside the commonwealth that may benefit from learning more about the many opportunities to grow in Massachusetts.”

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    9. Charter school pays $2.35M for church complex in West Springfield

      Charter school pays $2.35M for church complex in West Springfield

      Hampden Charter School of Science West, which opened last fall at the former Immaculate Conception-St. Francis Xavier Cabrini complex, has bought the property from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for $2.35 million. The purchase, recorded in late March at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, includes 3.3 acres of land between Main Street and Route 5, a parking lot and buildings including the former church, school, convent, rectory and a two-car garage.

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    10. Palmer Seeks to Boost Its Destination Status

      Palmer Seeks to Boost Its Destination Status

      Palmer’s leaders see the town as a destination — and hope the myriad players investigating east-west passenger rail service in Massachusetts view it the same way. That’s why the Palmer Town Council recently established a citizens’ advisory committee and contracted with the UMass Center for Economic Development to study — and prepare a report on — the merits of an east-west passenger rail stop in Palmer, to be submitted to the state advisory committee currently looking into the feasibility of expanded east-west passenger service. Those efforts included a recent meeting with community members to brainstorm about the pros and cons of ...

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    11. Former Springfield church demolished to make way for medical offices

      Former Springfield church demolished to make way for medical offices

      Developer Fran Cataldo has demolished the former Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church at 90 Carew St. just less than a year after acquiring the property from DevelopSpringfield. Cataldo plans to build a 13,000-square-foot medical office building at the site, he said. Construction on the $3 million project will begin in mid May. “I think its exciting for the neighborhood,” Cataldo said.

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    12. For Balise, Springfield’s South End is where it all started and where the future lies (map)

      For Balise, Springfield’s South End is where it all started and where the future lies (map)

      Balise Auto Group’s announcement Tuesday that it will build a $6 million Mazda dealership is the next step in a series of investments it has made or plans to make in the South End. The company has bought $4.7 million worth of property in the neighborhood since April 2016. Balise now owns most of three city blocks, located south of MGM Springfield.

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    13. Chestnut Tower renamed Skyview Downtown as owners prepare to renovate troubled Springfield apartment complex

      Chestnut Tower renamed Skyview Downtown as owners prepare to renovate troubled Springfield apartment complex

      Goodbye Chestnut Tower, hello Skyview Downtown. Related Companies, owners of Springfield’s beleaguered 489-unit Chestnut Tower high rise apartment complex, have changed its name to Skyview Downtown just before construction begins on $50 million worth of top-to-bottom renovations. The name started appearing last month in ads soliciting tenants for 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom affordable housing apartments at 43-year-old complex near Springfield’s downtown. Prospective tenants will enter a lottery for apartments as they become available and must earn between $33,900 and $79,650 a year, according to the ad.

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    14. New CVS, Cumberland Farms seen as key to Springfield development

      New CVS, Cumberland Farms seen as key to Springfield development

      CVS or Cumberland Farms may not sound like exciting additions to Springfield’s retail mix. But they are necessary, if unglamorous, additions if Springfield wants people to work, play, shop and live in the downtown, said developer Charles Irving of Boston-based Davenport Companies. This firm has a deal with CVS to build a $2 million store in its Davenport Square property across Main Street from the $960 million MGM Springfield casino.

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    15. The Republican introduces POP Network news and advertising video screens - masslive.com

      The Republican introduces POP Network news and advertising video screens - masslive.com

      Shoppers and travelers in Greater Springfield are noticing the POP Network, The Republican’s latest news and advertising product.  The POP Network — the acronym stands for “point of purchase” — is 33 video screens in 24 locations including retailers and Springfield Union Station. They play a silent, 7-minute loop of news content and advertisements, with each news video or advertisement lasting 15 seconds.

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    16. Eric Lesser Wants to Close the Distance Between East and West - BusinessWest

      Eric Lesser Wants to Close the Distance Between East and West - BusinessWest

      Since first elected to office five years ago, state Sen. Eric Lesser has made economic development and, more specifically, closing the wide gap in prosperity between the eastern and western areas of the state his top priority. While he’s most closely linked to high-speed rail, he’s put his name — and energy — behind a number of initiatives to bring more jobs and more vibrancy to the 413.

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    17. Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

      Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

      Deerfield boasts numerous draws for businesses looking to relocate, Diana Schindler says, from its reasonable property-tax rate to its proximity to Interstate 91, Route 116, and Routes 5 and 10.  But there’s also been some pushback against some of those businesses, which reared its head when residents recently spoke out against a proposed Dollar General store in town. The Planning Board listened and turned down the project, said Schindler, Deerfield’s interim town administrator.


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    18. Developer plans 130-room hotel, rock-climbing and skydiving center at former Springfield jail

      Developer plans 130-room hotel, rock-climbing and skydiving center at former Springfield jail

      Pioneer Valley Hotel Group had been eyeing the former York Street Jail site in the city’s waterfront for years, President Shardool Parmar said Tuesday, but the three-acre site was being used as a staging area for nearby construction projects. Now that the supplies and equipment are gone, Parmar’s company is in negotiations with the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, owner of the site, to build a 130-room hotel there.

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    19. $400M in new Springfield development outlined, including downtown hotel and retail projects

      $400M in new Springfield development outlined, including downtown hotel and retail projects

      The city is home to more than $4 billion worth of construction projects either completed or in planning — both public and private — since the June 2011 tornado. That number, revealed Tuesday afternoon by Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy at his annual economic development presentation, includes $400.4 million in new projects announced since March 2018. The development update catches the city as it pivots from mega developments that are now completed such as the $95 million CRRC MA rail car factory; $960 million MGM Springfield casino; and the $183.3 million rehab of Interstate 91 to smaller projects, including a ...

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    20. The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      When the Pinsley Rail Company purchased the railroad formerly operated by Conrail in 1982 and turned it into what is now known as the Pioneer Valley Railroad, it ushered in a new era for the short line rail industry in Western Massachusetts. Since that time, Pinsley’s client list, warehouses, and distribution services have continues to grow along with rail service. Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan chased trains around several 413 towns to get a look at the state of rail freight transport in Western Mass.

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    21. Ludlow offers mill redevelopment lessons to Easthampton, Montague

      Ludlow offers mill redevelopment lessons to Easthampton, Montague

      Massachusetts is home to a wealth of majestic mills constructed in the 19th century. But today many of the structures sit empty and unused, even though they still possess structural integrity. "They built these to last," said Westmass Area Development Corp. President and CEO Eric A. Nelson during a tour of the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex Friday. "However, the roofs can be a challenge," he quipped.

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