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    1. Westfield Data-center Project Makes a Hard Push for the Finish Line

      Westfield Data-center Project Makes a Hard Push for the Finish Line

      It’s called a ‘hyper-scale data center.’ That’s the name attached to a $2.7 billion proposal planned for a 155-acre parcel in Westfield. The complicated project, now entering the local-approval phase, has cleared perhaps the biggest hurdle — the aggregation of a site that can check a unique set of boxes, including accessibility to huge amounts of power and data. If it comes to fruition — and there are still many challenges to overcome — the project could make the region a player in the emerging sector known as Big Data.

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    2. Development project eyes Westfield as the potential `hub' of data center market | The Westfield News |August 24, 2021

      Development project eyes Westfield as the potential `hub' of data center market | The Westfield News |August 24, 2021

      A new potential development project that would turn Westfield into the hub of the data center market in the Northeast is about to go through the local permitting process, and city leaders are very excited about it.  Listed under Servistar Realties, LLC, the project is the Westfield Data Center Campus at 199 Servistar Industrial Way. Designed to be built in a zoned Industrial A and Industrial Park area spanning 155 acres, the project will include an expected 10 three-story data center buildings totaling 2.7 million square feet of data center space, two accessory buildings and additional site improvements to ...

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    3. BusinessTalk with Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development for Greenfield Savings Bank

      BusinessTalk with Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development for Greenfield Savings Bank

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Tara Brewster, Vice President of Business Development for Greenfield Savings Bank and one of five finalists for BusinessWest’s coveted 40 Under Forty Alumni Achievement Award. The two talk about her work, but especially her involvement in the community, her latest assignment as radio talk host, and her life as a self-described “recovering entrepreneur.” It’s must listening so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    4. City of Springfield to Acquire Main Street Properties for Economic Redevelopment

      City of Springfield to Acquire Main Street Properties for Economic Redevelopment

      The city of Springfield and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA) announced they will utilize funding designated for eligibility of economic development from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to acquire properties for redevelopment in alignment with the Main Street and Convention Center Master Plan. The properties that the city and SRA will purchase are 113-115 State St., 1139-1155 Main St., and 11-21 Stockbridge St. In 2019, all of the properties were put under the control of Freedom Credit Union and participatory lenders. Due to the city’s concerns that potential investors would not invest in or appropriately tenant them, Mayor ...

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    5. Solicitation Detail - City of Springfield, MA

      Solicitation Detail - City of Springfield, MA

      The City of Springfield (hereafter 'City') is requesting proposals for the redevelopment of E S Oak Street, Indian Orchard formerly known as the Oak Street Fire Station in the Indian Orchard Section of Springfield, MA. This is a City owned property enhanced by a two story brick building including a basement. The Oak Street Station is the parcel that sits on the corner of Oak Street and Berkshire Street in Indian Orchard. The parcel # is 09182 – 0219 and it is a 13,500 Square foot lot zoned as Residential B. The total area of the building is approximately 11,732 ...

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    6. Small Businesses Seek Shelter from the Storm of Cyberattacks

      Small Businesses Seek Shelter from the Storm of Cyberattacks

      The recent spate of high-profile cyberattacks, many involving paid ransoms featuring six or seven zeroes, has brought an ongoing, and escalating, problem even more to the forefront. Businesses are being advised that the problem needs to be managed — before the worst happens. That means having a detailed plan involving many layers to keep things safe.

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    7. EPA Selects Six Projects in Massachusetts to Receive $3+ Million for Brownfields Cleanup and Assessment | U.S. EPA News Releases | US EPA

      EPA Selects Six Projects in Massachusetts to Receive $3+ Million for Brownfields Cleanup and Assessment | U.S. EPA News Releases | US EPA

      EPA has selected the Westmass Area Development Corporation for a $461,510 Brownfields Cleanup Grant. Grant funds will be used to clean up Mill Building #44 and other storage buildings in the Ludlow Mills Complex in the Town of Ludlow. Mill Building #44 site is in the south-central portion of the complex along the Chicopee River and was formerly used as a carpentry shop. The storage buildings formerly served as stockhouses for jute. The sites are contaminated with PCBs, inorganic contaminants, and petroleum. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.

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    8. Facemate property in Chicopee to be redeveloped for indoor sports facility, brewery, apartments

      Facemate property in Chicopee to be redeveloped for indoor sports facility, brewery, apartments

      A New York developer has been selected to build a 102-unit apartment building, a multi-sport indoor facility and a brewery and restaurant on a four-acre parcel of land that once was home to the Facemate factory complex. City officials announced on Wednesday that Singing Bridge, LLC. was chosen as the preferred developer for the 4.05-acre site on West Main Street, after a long negotiating process that began in January 2020 when the city requested proposals from developers interested in building on the land.

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    9. Holyoke Looks to Regain Momentum

      Holyoke Looks to Regain Momentum

      When he made up his mind roughly a year ago not to seek re-election to the state House seat he had held for four terms, Aaron Vega had an informal list of things he would like to do next when it came to his career. Working in Holyoke City Hall certainly wasn’t one of them. But … things changed, in many ways, and in a profound way. For starters, the COVID-19 pandemic limited some of the other options he was thinking about professionally, especially those in higher education, economic development, and workforce development. More importantly, though, Marcos Marrero, the long-time ...

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    10. ‘Envision Our Chicopee 2040’ introduces roadmap for city’s future | WWLP

      ‘Envision Our Chicopee 2040’ introduces roadmap for city’s future | WWLP

      Mayor John Vieau announced the community kickoff of “Envision Our Chicopee 2040” Friday.  It’s Chicopee’s first-ever community-driven city-wide comprehensive plan and will serve as the city’s official guide for land use and development priorities.  It will be a “roadmap” for Chicopee’s future and a tool that can be used to make decisions.  A virtual public open house will take place on August 17 that will feature updates on the planning process and give opportunities for resident feedback.

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    11. Cannabis Industry Promises Workforce Opportunities

      Cannabis Industry Promises Workforce Opportunities

      When a new industry in Massachusetts reaches $1 billion in sales in only four years, it certainly gets people’s attention. The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently announced that, four years after legalizing cannabis for adult recreational use, and only two years after the first retail shops opened, this relatively new industry surpassed that $1 billion mark on Oct. 30. “There are a lot of jobs that go along with a billion dollars in industry activity,” said Jeff Hayden, vice president for Business and Community Services at the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC).

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    12. Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion

      Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion

      A brownfield project that a former mayor described as the state’s worst legal and environmental quagmire is coming to an end, and the former factory property could be ready for redevelopment in a year. The city is scheduled to go out to bid to remove asbestos, PCBs and other hazardous waste from the last three contaminated buildings on the former Uniroyal factory complex at the end of November. The work is expected to take eight months to a year and will ready the property for development by the beginning of 2022, said Lee M. Pouliot, director of the city ...

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    13. 2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference

      2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference

      Western Mass professionals!  If you missed the Western Mass Developers Conference, presented by MassMutual, the conference is still open until November 20th. Register by clicking the link below for access to the fully virtual Developers Conference -  you can view the exhibit hall, watch all of the dynamic panel discussions in the auditorium, catch the keynote from Governor Baker, experience the lightning presentations, download resources, and more.

      Register today: developwesternmass.vfairs.com

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    14. Software company LLumin moves to downtown Springfield

      Software company LLumin moves to downtown Springfield

      LLumin Inc., a provider of computer software, has relocated to downtown Springfield in the Stearns Building, 293 Bridge St. The company has 16 employees. “The entire team at LLumin is excited to be part of the City of Springfield’s ongoing growth and development,” Edward Garibian, CEO of LLumin, said in a news release. “Over the last few years, there have been many initiatives, including MGM, Union Station, and numerous revitalization projects, that facilitate and attract business development. We believe that technology firms like LLumin, with its diverse and talented staff, will bring a new aspect to Springfield’s already ...

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    15. 2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference

      2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference

      Join us to explore the many development opportunities on the horizon in Western Mass!  The 2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference will connect business leaders, developers, real estate professionals, site selectors, economic development professionals, and public officials from Western MA and across the Northeast. 

      WHO: Economic Development Council of Western MA (EDC) and Economic Development Partners (EDP)
      What: The Western MA Developers Conference
      When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9am - 3pm

      Click Here to Register

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    16. New 51-unit apartment complex to be built in Chicopee

      New 51-unit apartment complex to be built in Chicopee

      A 51-unit apartment complex is slated to be constructed across the former Uniroyal campus on an overgrown lot that has been vacant for at least 50 years. The two-building complex, located at the corner of Oak and West Main Streets, will have two three-story buildings with 42 apartments in one building and nine in the second. In total there will be 15 two-bedroom apartments, 21 one-bedroom units and 12 studios, Developer Craig Authier told City Councilors during zoning meetings.

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    17. Deteriorated building across from MGM Springfield to be demolished; owner renews plans for Hilton Hotel

      Deteriorated building across from MGM Springfield to be demolished; owner renews plans for Hilton Hotel

      The owner of a deteriorated Park Street building in the South End — which was branded a safety hazard by city officials — said Thursday it will be demolished in the coming weeks under the terms of a court agreement. Louis Masaschi of JLL Realty Development in Longmeadow said that demolition will take place in the next 30 to 45 days, “if not sooner.” It will allow him to proceed, he said, with a long-planned 100-room Hilton Hotel on the site, across the street from MGM Springfield.

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    18. ‘This going to be the hottest restaurant in Springfield’: Peter Picknelly, Andy Yee make plans for 13-31 Elm

      ‘This going to be the hottest restaurant in Springfield’: Peter Picknelly, Andy Yee make plans for 13-31 Elm

      Interior environmental cleanup continues at the long-awaited Court Square project downtown, but developer Peter A. Picknelly said he and his restaurant partner Andy Yee are already discussing a new restaurant for the first floor. “We’re working with a design team,” Picknelly said following a city-led celebration of the project Thursday featuring Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and others.

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    19. Elm Street project ready to roll; site being transferred to developers

      Elm Street project ready to roll; site being transferred to developers

      The long-awaited start of construction at the former Court Square Hotel property at 13-31 Elm St. is ready to commence as the downtown property is being transferred to developers. WinnCompanies of Boston, and co-developer Peter Picknelly’s Opal Real Estate, of Springfield, will transform the historic hotel site into apartments after the Springfield Redevelopment Authority completes a hazardous materials cleanup at the downtown site. Transfer of the property will not take place until after that work is completed in November.

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    20. Coronavirus: Chicopee offering grants to small businesses struggling to stay in operation

      Coronavirus: Chicopee offering grants to small businesses struggling to stay in operation

      The city will be offering loans to local businesses to help them to continue to operate and keep their employees working during the coronavirus pandemic, even if it is remotely. Officials have received approval to reallocate $150,000 in the anti-poverty Community Development Block Grant money it receives from the federal government to help small businesses. The loans are designed to provide immediate short-term relief to small businesses, Mayor John L. Vieau said.

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    21. 'We want people to dine and meet outside’: Springfield makes ordinance allowing outdoor seating at restaurants permanent - masslive.com

      'We want people to dine and meet outside’: Springfield makes ordinance allowing outdoor seating at restaurants permanent - masslive.com

      City officials are encouraging more businesses to apply for permits to offer outdoor dining for their customers, saying they believe it provides more than fresh air.  At a meeting Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to make the outdoor seating ordinance permanent. The ordinance, originally set to expire after a year, allows restaurants and other businesses to apply for permits to have tables outside on city sidewalks and other public ways.

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    22. Springfield creating casino impact district to spur development around MGM resort

      Springfield creating casino impact district to spur development around MGM resort

      Springfield’s chief development officer told officials this week that new zoning and special incentives are part of the city’s strategy for luring developers to vacant and blighted properties near the MGM Springfield casino. At this week’s meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, city Chief Development Officer Timothy Sheehan said the multi-phase effort includes creating a downtown casino impact district and bringing tenants to buildings along Main Street directly across from the casino.

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