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    1. Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      A year after movie star Mark Wahberg visited MGM Springfield to announce that his Dorchester-bred family would open a Wahlburgers restaurant at the $960 million casino, a date for the ceremonial groundbreaking has been set. Wahlberg brother chef Paul Wahlberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis will turn ceremonial shovels of dirt Friday, Sept. 20. Wahlburgers will have its food truck there for the celebration.

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    2. Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s announced Tuesday that its Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and Burlington Mall stores are getting significant upgrades as a part of its 2019 Growth150 initiative. The plan saw old-line department store chain Macy’s renovate 50 stores in 2018 and another 100 in 2019, including Holyoke and Burlington. "It's fantastic news. They've made a real commitment to Western Massachusetts and the Holyoke store in particular," said Bill Rogalski, general manager for the Holyoke Mall. "It's kind of a wholesale makeover."

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    3. ‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

      ‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

      An Amazon distribution center slated to open on Lower Westfield Road this fall is a sign that the Pioneer Valley has strong appeal for big business, officials said Thursday. “It’s an acknowledgment from a national and international company that Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business," said Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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    4. Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      The manager of the Art-e'-Pizza restaurant downtown informed the city License Commission this week that the business will change its menu to Thai and other Southeast Asian food. The commission approved the request by restaurant manager Charles Becker to change the name of the business to Sok’s Siam to reflect the new plans. The restaurant-bar is located at 272 Worthington St. The new menu should be ready by September or October, Becker said

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    5. Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developers has plans for parking lot

      Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developers has plans for parking lot

      The Holyoke Mall sold off two pieces of property in July, one to a construction union planning an apprentice training center and one to the owner of a neighboring commercial property who has plans for redevelopment. Both transactions — together valued at more than $3.3 million and totaling 13 acres — were made public by filings at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    6. Springfield seeks demolition bids ahead of delayed $3 million Central Street corridor improvement project - masslive.com

      Springfield seeks demolition bids ahead of delayed $3 million Central Street corridor improvement project - masslive.com

      The city is seeking bids for the demolition of two vacant buildings along the Central Street corridor, a key milestone as the city prepares to begin a long-awaited, $3 million corridor improvement project.  Christopher Cignoli, the city's director of public works, said Thursday that once the demolition work begins, the city will be ready to advertise for bids for the road reconstruction project. The road project in the Maple High-Six Corners area should be ready to begin Oct. 1, he said.

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    7. Tighe & Bond Again Named PSMJ Circle of Excellence Member

      Tighe & Bond Again Named PSMJ Circle of Excellence Member

      Tighe & Bond has been named as a member of the PSMJ Resources Inc. 2019 Circle of Excellence for second year in a row. The Circle of Excellence highlights successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, and staff growth. “To be recognized as a member of PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for the second consecutive year is a high honor. Tighe & Bond has always strived to create an outstanding client- and employee-focused firm that adheres to exceptional business practices and delivers sustainable business results,” said Bob Belitz, president and ...

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    8. Westfield seeks developers for downtown block, once home to J.J. Newberry store destroyed in 1986 fire

      Westfield seeks developers for downtown block, once home to J.J. Newberry store destroyed in 1986 fire

      Vacant since a devastating fire more than 30 years ago, developers are being sought for a major parcel along Westfield’s Elm Street downtown business corridor. The Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday advertised a request for interest in the Massachusetts Central Register, seeking proposals from private developers for redevelopment of a 1.6 acre downtown parcel. The site includes what was once the location of the J.J. Newberry store that burned in 1986 and was later demolished. It sits next to the John P. Olver intermodal transportation center that opened two years ago.

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    9. Planet Fitness coming to Holyoke Mall in late 2019

      Planet Fitness coming to Holyoke Mall in late 2019

      Planet Fitness plans to open a 19,000-square-foot gym at the Holyoke Mall in late 2019. Billing itself as a “Judgement Free Zone,” Planet Fitness said it has more than 1,800 locations and 13.6 million members. Pyramid Corp., which manages the Holyoke Mall and 18 other properties in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia, welcomed a Planet Fitness to the Hampshire Mall in Hadley in 2017. “We are excited to open a new location at Holyoke Mall and introduce the community to our high-quality facility and supportive atmosphere,” Ryan Fernades, a representative for Planet Fitness, said in a statement.

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    10. Mom-and-pop stores survive Easthampton’s transition from struggling mill town to arts and dining destination

      Mom-and-pop stores survive Easthampton’s transition from struggling mill town to arts and dining destination

      While this small city is now home to a number of breweries, cafes, tattoo shops and an artsy atmosphere, what has kept Easthampton grounded through its change and growth over the past two decades are a stable of mom-and-pop stores that meet practical, everyday needs.You can get sushi and poke bowls on Cottage Street now, or eat at a restaurant owned by a chef who’s been nominated in the James Beard Foundation’s restaurant awards four years in a row. But it’s still a city where residents and visitors can get a haircut, go grocery shopping, run ...

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    11. Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      The new owners of the old Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture buildings on Elm Street in the heart of the city’s downtown business district plan to begin $1 million worth of renovations in as little as two weeks. "We want to clean the thing up immediately," said Eugene J. Borowski Jr. "Structurally the building is in great shape." Borowski, owner Beyond Builders, heads a group of investors who bought the buildings at 81-83 Elm St. and at 87-89 Elm St. for $275,000, according to a deed filed Monday at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    12. Springfield eyes creating 2 historic districts around Innovation Center, ‘unusual’ house (photos) - masslive.com

      Springfield eyes creating 2 historic districts around Innovation Center, ‘unusual’ house (photos) - masslive.com

      The city is considering the creation of two local historic districts downtown, aimed at preserving the home of the Springfield Innovation center on Bridge Street and a deteriorated, “unusual” house at 60 Byers St.  Both the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Springfield Historical Commission have approved the proposed districts in recent months, and the City Council added its first-step approval on Monday night. Final approval from the council is pending at a future meeting.

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    13. Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

      Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

      Dunkin’ Donuts officially cut the ribbon on a “next generation” store at 473-489 Pleasant St. Thursday morning. The new Dunkin’ features a unique, modern design equipped with the latest in brewing and pouring technologies, including Nitro Cold Brew, a richer, foamier offering. Freshly baked donuts, muffins and bagels filled the shelves. Franchisees Derek Salema and Peter Martins welcomed Mayor Alex B. Morse and City Councilors David Bartley and Peter Tallman to the ceremony. Aides to state Sen. Donald Humason and state Rep. Aaron Vega presented proclamations to the owners.

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    14. New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      The new owner of the old Strathmore Mill #2 in Russell has begun working on the property while he considers plans for reuse and redevelopment. “I really don’t have any 100% set plans,” said Jacob Trudeau of Pittsfield. “I really just want to get it cleaned out. The real goal is just to get it clean, get the outside clean and get it in better shape.” Trudeau said he’s been talking with experts in mill redevelopment and might have more to share in a few weeks.

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    15. Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      The Planning Board approved plans by BL Companies, Inc. to open a distribution center at 161 Lower Westfield Road during a rare Friday night session to continue the hearing and site plan review.  Residential neighbors again voiced their opposition to the distribution center, which would see up to 700 vehicles a day entering and exiting the site and involve late-night and early-morning truck deliveries.

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    16. Wright-Pierce Opens Westfield Office

      Wright-Pierce Opens Westfield Office

      Wright-Pierce, an environmental/civil infrastructure engineering firm, has announced the opening of an office in Westfield. “Opening the Westfield office is the next step in our strategic plan to better serve our expanding client base in Central and Western Massachusetts,” said Wright-Pierce President and CEO John Braccio. “We look forward to being an active community partner with municipalities throughout the region, helping to engineer environmentally sustainable and economically sound solutions to New England’s aging water, wastewater and civil infrastructure challenges.”

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    17. Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday granted a one-year extension to MGM Springfield to open a Wahlburgers restaurant at its casino in the city’s South End. The commission voted 5-0 to set a new deadline of July 8, 2020, for the opening of Wahlburgers, but MGM officials say they anticipate an opening prior to that date. As recently as late March, MGM Springfield said it was hoping for a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.

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    18. Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Owner Peter Rosskothen will host a grand opening for his second Delaney’s Market store at 1365 Main St. in Springfield at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “We are excited to have the Honorable Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor of the City of Springfield, preside over the ceremony," Rosskothen said in a news release. "We are also looking forward to welcoming press, supporters and friends to this special event."

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    19. Five Guys burger restaurant opening in Chicopee; franchise owner has scouted other potential Western Massachusetts locations

      Five Guys burger restaurant opening in Chicopee; franchise owner has scouted other potential Western Massachusetts locations

      Five Guys will open its newest restaurant Monday, June 24, on Memorial Drive in Chicopee. There, it’ll join almost every other fast-food brand known to humankind next door to a Buffalo Wild Wings, across the street from a Chick-fil-A and with a Denny’s, Chipotle and Friendly’s nearby. “We don’t want to be the only restaurant,” said Rush Blankenship, franchise district manager for Hyde Park Ventures, owners of this Five Guys location. “We want to be able to enhance the variety of choices consumers have in this busy area.”

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    20. 130-year-old Sugden Block in Spencer sold to Mexicali Grill owner; developer plans to expand restaurant, add apartments - masslive.com

      130-year-old Sugden Block in Spencer sold to Mexicali Grill owner; developer plans to expand restaurant, add apartments - masslive.com

      A private development group that includes the owner of Mexicali Mexican Grill has bought the 130-year-old Sugden Block in downtown Spencer and plans to redevelop the building to include an expanded restaurant with 16 apartments above.  Peter Venuto, construction manager for the project, said in a statement that the developers plan to preserve and renovate the existing commercial building at 117 Main St. to include an expanded and reconfigured Mexicali Grill on the first floor and the creation of 16 apartments on the upper two floors.

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    21. Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce housing, subsidized units targeted to households making about 80% of the community’s median income, will be part of the 72-unit apartment building proposed Wednesday for the former Big Y site in the Woodlawn Plaza, 501 Newton St. And the plaza owners hope to have Springfield-based Wayfinders housing agency manage the building. The building will be called The Park at Woodlawn, according to drawings shared Wednesday. It will be four stories tall and cover about a three-acre portion of the property.

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    22. Four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments planned at South Hadley plaza

      Four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments planned at South Hadley plaza

      The owners of a Newton Street shopping plaza plan to build a four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments on a 3-acre portion of the site where a supermarket once stood. Three partners — Rocco Falcone of Rocky’s Hardware, Andy Yee of BEAN Restaurant Group and Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines bought the Woodlawn Shopping Plaza at 501 Newton St. in 2016 for $2.4 million. Big Y closed its store at the plaza in 2013.

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