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    1. 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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    2. Holyoke Planning Board votes 4-1 for zone change of former John J. Lynch Middle School

      Holyoke Planning Board votes 4-1 for zone change of former John J. Lynch Middle School

      The Colvest Group, a Springfield developer, proposes a 25,000 square-foot retail space, which drew praise or condemnation from residents during several public hearings, including a brief comment period Tuesday evening. The project must gain special permit and other approvals from the City Council before it can proceed. Planning Board member Mimi Panitch, the dissenting vote Tuesday, called the zoning change decision irresponsible. She said she wanted the board to consider the "highest and best use," and remained troubled by the proposal.

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    3. City working with property owner to bring business to Westfield Shops, continues marketing campaign

      City working with property owner to bring business to Westfield Shops, continues marketing campaign

      Resident Brian Hoose told City Councilors last week that the city needs to "get creative" and attract more visitors to Westfield. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said the GoWestfield marketing campaign, launched at the start of the summer, aims to do just that. "The campaign is geared toward attracting businesses and people to the city," said Mitchell. "It has an 80 percent regional and 20 percent local focus." The campaign includes a website, brochures and more. Mitchell said the team that created and launched the campaign continues to meet and further GoWestfield.

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    4. Greens of Southwick ready for construction at former golf course

      Greens of Southwick ready for construction at former golf course

      The Greens of Southwick, the residential development at the former Southwick Country Club golf course, officially opened Saturday. A ribbon-cutting took place with developers Fiore Realty Holdings and partners from Westfield Bank, Rovithis Realty, Crestview Construction, town officials and more. The Greens is divided by College Highway into two areas. The west side will have 25 single-family homes and the east side will have 49 single-family homes. Prices for the model homes being offered start at $389,900.

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. National freight company plans truck terminal on Westfield's north side

      National freight company plans truck terminal on Westfield's north side

      Old Dominion Freight Line, a billion-dollar company with 233 service stations across the country, is planning to open a truck terminal on Medeiros Way. The company has a few hurdles to jump, including some questions from the city engineer, and concerns about lighting and a retaining wall. Terry Hutchins, vice president of field services and real estate for Old Dominion, and Timothy A. Coon of Russo Surveyors and Engineers in Connecticut, spoke during a public hearing at the Westfield City Council meeting Thursday. The proposal needs council approval before receiving final approval from the Westfield Planning Board.

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    8. With water, sewer upgrades complete, Chicopee's Cabotville Mill project economically viable; plans for 600 apartments move forward

      With water, sewer upgrades complete, Chicopee's Cabotville Mill project economically viable; plans for 600 apartments move forward

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined Mayor Richard J. Kos on Thursday in celebrating West End infrastructure improvements that make renovations viable at the Cabotville Mill complex. They said they look forward to people living in the residences there and shopping and dining in nearby downtown businesses. Standing with Kos and other Chicopee city officials in front of the mostly vacant 19th century manufacturing complex, Polito said $2.6 million worth of improvements to water and sewer lines near the Cabotville project are prime examples of the state's policy to look at such buildings as assets rather than under-developed liabilities.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    9. 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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      Mentions: Mohegan Sun Palmer
    10. Lenox Looks to Further Boost Quality of Life - BusinessWest

      Lenox Looks to Further Boost Quality of Life - BusinessWest

      As its town manager, Christopher Ketchen is certainly bullish on Lenox.  “If you’re moving to the Berkshires, Lenox has clearly got to be on your radar for many reasons,” he told BusinessWest, adding that he’s one of the more recent converts. “I made the move here myself from the Boston area four years ago. I’m originally from Alford, and when I moved back to this area, I chose to live in Lenox.”

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    11. Springfield seeks buyer to redevelop 4 tax-foreclosed junkyard properties on Bay, Tapley streets

      Springfield seeks buyer to redevelop 4 tax-foreclosed junkyard properties on Bay, Tapley streets

      The two primary sites being offered are abutting properties on Tapley and Bay streets totaling 6.74 acres in the Bay neighborhood. The sites are zoned Industrial A. The two alternate sites, both on Bay Street, have a total area of 7.22 acres, are also zoned Industrial A and are adjacent to the primary sites. Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said Monday the city's goal is to get the properties back on the tax rolls for some beneficial reuse.

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    12. Innovation in Health/Wellness: TechSpring

      Innovation in Health/Wellness: TechSpring

      Christian Lagier has a deep background in entrepreneurship, business operations, and strategic business development. He’s been involved with startups and high-growth companies in Paris and Copenhagen, and he spent 10 formative years in Silicon Valley’s high-octane startup environment at arguably its zenith (the ’90s). Thus, he’s an expert in … collisions. That’s a word you hear quite often within the realms of innovation and entrepreneurship. Generally, it refers to the art and science (because it’s both) of bringing people together and making things — meaning products, services, and the companies to provide them — happen.

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    13. Developer preparing to build $15 million Hilton hotel near MGM Springfield casino

      Developer preparing to build $15 million Hilton hotel near MGM Springfield casino

      A Longmeadow developer is preparing to demolish a Park Street building in the downtown-South End area to make way for a $15 million Hilton Hotel franchise, saying it presents a "great opportunity" across from the MGM Springfield resort casino. Louis Masaschi said he is planning a five-story, 100-room hotel at 24 Park St., to be built after a vacant warehouse there is demolished. The demolition is planned in late September or early October, which would be followed by foundation work before the winter, he said.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    14. Way Finders in line for $2M in state money for new Springfield headquarters

      Way Finders in line for $2M in state money for new Springfield headquarters

      Way Finders, the Springfield-based housing agency once known as HAPHousing, expects $2 million in state economic development bond money for its $8 million to $9 million headquarters project. Way Finders bought the former Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal at 1776 Main St. back in April for $2.75 million. Way Finders took possession in June, after Peter Pan moved its offices across the street to Union Station. The housing agency quickly set about removing asbestos and other contamination.

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    15. Barry Feingold Named President of Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      Barry Feingold Named President of Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced that Barry Feingold has been named chamber president. He will also serve as president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation Inc. Feingold is a veteran chamber executive who previously served as the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce’s (MACC) president for 10 years, increasing its membership by 50% and revenue over 35%. Prior to arriving at the MACC, he served the American Chamber of Commerce in Lima, Peru, starting as the administrative and marketing manager and working his way up to executive director. After spending the last four years ...

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    16. MGM Springfield, Head Start unveil $4 million child and family center in South End...

      MGM Springfield, Head Start unveil $4 million child and family center in South End...

      When Susan Gosselin and Janis Santos were teachers for Head Start many years ago, they worked in basements, community rooms in churches or wherever they could find space. They saw one of their dreams come true Tuesday morning during the unveiling of the $4 million MGM Head Start Child and Family Center on Union Street in the city's South End.

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    17. Easthampton's Naresh Patel closes on Whiskerz Pub purchase; 'Eagles Sports Bar' on tap

      Easthampton's Naresh Patel closes on Whiskerz Pub purchase; 'Eagles Sports Bar' on tap

      The Cottage Street bar long known as "Whiskerz Pub" is no more, and its replacement -- "Eagles Sports Bar" -- opened on Tuesday. The bar is apparently named after the Easthampton High School sports teams, which are known as the "Eagles" and deploy maroon-and-white colors, the same as those displayed on the bar sign. Businessman Naresh K. Patel, who owns several Easthampton properties, recently bought the bar, restaurant, building and land at 71-77 Cottage Street from Eugene "Joe" Bernier, who ran Whiskerz Pub for 16 years. The building contains four apartments on the second floor.

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    18. WD Cowls, land trust, state near deal to preserve 2,000 acres in Amherst area

      WD Cowls, land trust, state near deal to preserve 2,000 acres in Amherst area

      After seven years of planning and fundraising, another large tract of Western Massachusetts land owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. is about to be protected from commercial development via permanent conservation restriction. The estimated payment to the company for the restriction would be $3 million. Negotiations are expected to be concluded by January, according to Cowls President Cinda H. Jones. She said in a written statement that the plan involves just over 2,000 acres the company owns in Shutesbury, Leverett and Pelham "in a relatively straight and consistent area between" -- but not including -- the Cushman Village of Amherst and ...

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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