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    1. Owners of former Black Pearl building in Springfield plans rehab ahead of MGM casino...

      Owners of former Black Pearl building in Springfield plans rehab ahead of MGM casino...

      A lawyer for the owners of the vacant, boarded-up Black Pearl property in the South End said Friday that renovations will begin this fall for a new restaurant. The work is scheduled to be completed well ahead of the MGM Springfield casino across the street, he said. Attorney Bart Heemskerk, who represents property owner Jhanvi Hospitality LLC, said the company reached a signed agreement with the city on Friday in Housing Court to clean the property at 1127 Main St. and to monitor it on a daily basis.

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    2. 11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers

      11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers

      Tasks like soil borings and wetlands delineations are being carried out on 11 acres on Whiting Farms Road in a grooming that city officials hope will attract a buyer. "The idea is to advance predevelopment actions so that it's more 'site ready,' " said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Planning and Economic Development Department. "We'll be doing things such as soil borings, utility hookup survey, wetland delineation and some conceptual design patterns that can help us market the property and make it 'easier/lower risk' for a developer to advance a proposal," he said in a recent email ...

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    3. Springfield developer plans 45-unit housing project at former Brookings School wrecked by tornado

      Springfield developer plans 45-unit housing project at former Brookings School wrecked by tornado

      The city recently approved the sale of the former Elias Brookings School on Hancock Street to a local nonprofit development group planning to restore the tornado-damaged building as a mixed income housing complex. Home City Development Inc., formerly Better Homes Inc., was the winning bidder for the city-owned property, offering $215,000 for the site to restore it for 45 units of mixed-income housing. The building in the Six Corners neighborhood has been vacant and boarded since June 2011 when it was struck and heavily damaged by a tornado.

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    4. 'Big crowd' at South Hadley meeting to unveil 'smart growth' zoning proposal surprises officials

      'Big crowd' at South Hadley meeting to unveil 'smart growth' zoning proposal surprises officials

      Curiosity about a proposal to stimulate economic development near the former Big Y plaza brought a big crowd to a recent public forum. The initiative targets an approximately 14-acre plot on Newton and Lyman streets, that includes the plaza, for both commercial and residential development. The proposal, according to a town document released prior to the July 11 meeting, would create the "Newton Street/Lyman Street Smart Growth District." Separate residential and business zoning districts currently govern land use in that area. Town officials hope to adopt a regulation known as 40R, which refers to a chapter of Massachusetts general ...

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    5. Ludlow seeking $7M in grants for Westmass Area Development's Riverside Drive project

      Ludlow seeking $7M in grants for Westmass Area Development's Riverside Drive project

      The Board of Selectmen has agreed to apply for $7 million worth of grants on behalf of Westmass Area Development Corp., the region's leading industrial and business park developer, so Westmass can get started on its Riverside Drive project at Ludlow Mills. If Ludlow receives the funding, work on the roadway could begin as early as spring 2018, according to the president and CEO of Westmass, Eric Nelson, who advocated for the grants at the selectmen's July 11 meeting. 

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    6. Campaign Launched for Chicopee Center Project

      MassDevelopment and the City of Chicopee have announced a new campaign through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity and the Commonwealth Places initiative. The Chicopee Center Gateway Project campaign will fund downtown beautification efforts in Chicopee, including signature banners, flower planters and other landscaping, and a signature public art bus shelter. This project will build off the momentum of other redevelopment efforts in the city to make Chicopee a more attractive place for residents, businesses, and visitors. “The Gateway project will help downtown Chicopee catalyze local business development and enhance the city’s sense of community by beautifying its streetscape,” said ...

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    7. City Council OKs 3rd Racing Mart in Springfield; developer investing $3.5M at former FL Roberts site

      City Council OKs 3rd Racing Mart in Springfield; developer investing $3.5M at former FL Roberts site

      A developer is planning to build a new Racing Mart gas station and convenience store at Taylor and Armory streets as part of $3.5 million investment that includes tearing down the closed F.L. Roberts Sunoco station there. The City Council unanimously approved a special permit for the gas station, store and drive-up service window at 487 Taylor St. Several city councilors praised the developer, Johnny Kayrouz of Armory Street Holdings LLC, saying that two of his other Racing Mart businesses in Springfield are neighborhood assets and well-run. One of the businesses is at Carew and Armory streets and ...

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    8. Agawam Is Building a Bridge to a Better Future

      Agawam Is Building a Bridge to a Better Future

      Richard Cohen is now halfway through his 16th year as mayor of Agawam — a tenure marked by four two-year terms, a two-year hiatus of sorts, and then four more terms. (And, yes, he’s seeking a ninth term this fall.) For that duration, if you will, he’s been coping with many of the same issues impacting this community of roughly 29,000, which is technically a city (hence, it has a mayor), but in most ways considers itself a town. In fact, that’s the word you see over the front door of the municipal offices on Main Street ...

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    9. Springfield City Council aids Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration plans

      Springfield City Council aids Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration plans

      City councilors gave their enthusiastic support this week to plans for the restoration of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit Block, saying the project will bolster ongoing economic development efforts in the downtown. At their meeting Monday, councilors took turns praising representatives of the New England Farm Workers Council who are planning the project on Main Street. A summary lists the cost of the renovations as $32 million, rising to $41 million when including all costs such as developer fees.

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    10. Photos: Plans revealed for $32 million transformation of Springfield's Paramount Theater...

      Photos: Plans revealed for $32 million transformation of Springfield's Paramount Theater...

      The New England Farm Workers Council has unveiled plans for a $32 million redevelopment of the historic Massasoit Block and Paramount Theater on Main Street intended to restore its grandeur as a boutique hotel and performing arts complex. The project financing will include a mix of private and public funds including a $3,650,000 low-interest loan application with the U.S, Department of Housing and Urban Development, for immediate repairs to preserve the building including the roof and facade, said the Farm Workers Council, the property owner.

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    11. Springfield Officials Announce Downtown Streetscape Improvements

      Springfield Officials Announce Downtown Streetscape Improvements

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy, and Public Works Director Christopher Cignoli announced several major streetscape improvements to downtown Springfield in the anticipation of the grand opening of Union Station and MGM Springfield. “I am extremely pleased to be able to announce yet another milestone in the continuing transformation of Springfield’s downtown,” Sarno said. “As we get ready for the grand opening of these two transformative developments, it is important for the city to ensure that we provide the best pedestrian experience for those living, working, and visiting Springfield.” The city’s Main Street Refresh Project ...

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    12. West Springfield seeking project manager to oversee Coburn School project

      West Springfield seeking project manager to oversee Coburn School project

      The Town of West Springfield is seeking the services of a qualified project manager to oversee all facets of the Philip G. Coburn Elementary School reconstruction project. The town is collaborating with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on a feasibility study for possible construction of a new Coburn School at 115 Southworth St. The MSBA is a quasi-independent government authority that funds construction and renovation projects for public schools across the commonwealth.

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    13. Developers hope to raze Amherst Motel, replace it with 131-unit luxury apartment complex

      Developers hope to raze Amherst Motel, replace it with 131-unit luxury apartment complex

      Owners of the Amherst Motel on Route 9 want to raze the building and replace it with a four-story, 131-unit luxury apartment building. The proposal by the Breck Group calls for razing the 23,451-square foot motel, replacing it with a 180,247-square foot apartment building with a footprint of 47,740 square feet. The plan calls for 15 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom, 11 three-bedroom and 82 four bedroom apartments. There would be 273 parking spaces. The Breck Group has applied for a modification of a previously granted special permit and an extension of approval for a pre-existing nonconforming apartment use ...

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    14. High school student interns in STEM fields offer foundation for economic growth to region...

      High school student interns in STEM fields offer foundation for economic growth to region...

      Despite being a small business, Palmer's Creative Material Technologies is home to a strong high school student internship program. During the past few years, the company has hosted close to a dozen interns that perform high-level work in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. High school student interns at Creative Material Technologies solve challenges for clients, such as determining new ways to generate electricity from waste heat. They also support business development by completing market analyses for product launches and providing mathematical modeling for new projects. At the same time, interns bring immeasurable energy, ideas ...

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    15. Chicopee distribution company employing nearly 500 given OK to expand

      Chicopee distribution company employing nearly 500 given OK to expand

      A distribution company which employs nearly 500 people was given approvals to construct a large addition that will contain a new freezer and cooler area. The about $9 million project in Willimansett is expected to add at least 22 jobs to the existing 486-person staff at the company. As part of the plan to add a 37,500 square-foot addition to its main building on 705 Meadow Street, J. Polep owners will also rip up pavement in the front parking lot and plant trees to beautify what is now a huge expanse of asphalt along the road and the building ...

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    16. Ludlow Builds Off Mill Project’s Momentum

      Ludlow Builds Off Mill Project’s Momentum

      When it comes to economic development in Ludlow, the sprawling project known as Ludlow Mills has been the lead story for several years. But it’s far from the only story, Douglas Stefancik said. “We do need economic development, and we take it seriously,” said Ludlow’s town planner. “We look to businesses for tax revenue and jobs. And anytime we can get a new business in town, it enhances the entire area.”

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    17. Projects abound along West Springfield's Riverdale Street corridor, including new Wendy's restaurant | masslive.com

      Projects abound along West Springfield's Riverdale Street corridor, including new Wendy's restaurant | masslive.com

      Things are humming along busy Riverdale Street in West Springfield, where a number of developments are in the works or poised to debut, including a new Wendy's restaurant at 644 Riverdale St. and a major expansion of the Agri-Mark facility across from the Riverdale Shops.  An opening date for the fast-food restaurant has not been announced, but the transformation of the former Arby's site into a drive-thru Wendy's was permitted over a year ago, according to Allyson Manuel, West Side's planning administrator.

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    18. Chicopee receives $600,000 in EPA grants to clean up Uniroyal

      Chicopee receives $600,000 in EPA grants to clean up Uniroyal

      The city will be able to take one more step to clean up the former Uniroyal property after the federal Environmental Protection Agency awarded three new grants that will allow asbestos and other hazardous waste to be removed from buildings. The grants are designed to help communities clean up brownfields, which are former industrial sites often contaminated with hazardous waste, so the property can be redeveloped.

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    19. Groundbreaking set for assisted living facility at former Belchertown State School | masslive.com

      Groundbreaking set for assisted living facility at former Belchertown State School | masslive.com

      A groundbreaking ceremony on Friday will mark the start of construction of an 83-unit, $15.9 million assisted living facility at the former Belchertown State School. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will take place at 99 Front St. The construction site is at the intersection of Front Street and Berkshire Avenue in Belchertown, off of Route 202.  Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation, a selectmen-appointed committee in charge of the land, owns the property. The BEDIC contracted with MassDevelopment as their agent to prepare the land for reuse. The organizations are responsible for developing the property.

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    20. Eversource Welcomes Michael Vedovelli

      Eversource Welcomes Michael Vedovelli

      With more than 19 years of community and economic-development experience in Western Mass., Mike Vedovelli joined Eversource as its newest community relations specialist. Vedovelli will serve as the company’s liaison for communities in Hampden and Hampshire counties. His focus is supporting Eversource’s electric service business. He is a past board member of DevelopSpringfield and the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, and a graduate of St. Anselm College.

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    21. Easthampton Media to build new TV station and 'cultural media center' at Eastworks building

      Easthampton Media to build new TV station and 'cultural media center' at Eastworks building

      The city's public access television station, now housed at White Brook Middle School, plans to move into a new, state-of-the-art production studio by September. Easthampton Media recently won a $172,000 state grant to help build a "cultural media center" on the first floor of the Eastworks building at 116 Pleasant St. The new space will focus on digital story telling, performance, arts events, and engagement with the public, said executive direct Kathy Lynch. At its core will be modern television studio with 45 seats that can also double as a black-box theater.

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    22. At Union Station, Springfield business leader says 'give me a train, give me a bus' and partnerships with Boston possible

      At Union Station, Springfield business leader says 'give me a train, give me a bus' and partnerships with Boston possible

      Transit, either on a bus or a train, is an economic development issue for Christian Lagier, managing director of TechSpring, Baystate Health's technology innovation center in downtown Springfield. "If you want me to work with people in Boston and build partnerships there, you have to give me a train. You have to give me a bus," Lagier said during a tour of Springfield Union Station hosted Thursday by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. "I waste four hours driving. I need my laptop. On a bus or a train, I can get ...

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    23. MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      An MGM Springfield official told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that it has delayed a market rate housing project due to a new location under consideration at Court Square that may include affordable housing units. Seth Stratton, vice-president and general counsel for MGM Springfield, said the site under consideration, a long-vacant block at 31 Elm St., is being discussed by city officials, Peter Picknelly's OPAL Real Estate Group and MGM. City officials and MGM have agreed that restoring that vacant block could be "transformative" event for that area, but those negotiations have delayed development of the housing component ...

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    24. West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      Agri-Mark, a farmer-owned cooperative best known for its Cabot and McCadam brands of cheese and butter, is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion at its West Springfield facility, according to Mayor William C. Reichelt, whose administration sweetened the deal by offering tax breaks to the co-op. Reichelt said Agri-Mark, which has facilities in upstate New York and across New England, is planning a project in the neighborhood of $12 million at its plant at the corner of Riverdale Street and Morgan Road. The expansion will create 12 new jobs, according to the mayor, with first dibs given to qualified West Side residents ...

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