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New England News
6:23 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tour Looks At Transit-oriented Development

David Panagore of Park New Haven discusses the city's Union Station with visitors from greater Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

With an $82 million renovation of the derelict Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts under way, officials went looking for guidance from transit-oriented development in two Connecticut cities.

A delegation of business and civic leaders from greater Springfield got a possible glimpse of the future when they looked out over the ornate great hall of Union Station in New Haven, Ct. where 11,000 people a day pass through mostly off commuter trains to New York City.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Public Transit Is Becoming More Popular

Ridership rose dramatically on Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses after Massachusetts state-financed service changes took effect earlier this year.  Nationally, it appears public transit is growing more popular.

   Ridership jumped 12 percent in September and 9 percent in October as the state’s second-largest transit authority rolled out the biggest change in fixed-route bus schedules in nearly a decade.  PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes said she was thrilled by the latest ridership data.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Hospital Opens Technology Innovation Center

Officials with Baystate Health, tech companies, and government gathered to announce the opening of TechSpring in downtown Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The largest health care company in western Massachusetts has launched a new research and development center focused on technology.

Baystate Health has opened an innovation center in downtown Springfield that brings together established companies such as IBM and Dell and start-ups to work with the hospital on creating new technology and products to improve health care.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Business Group Has Plans To Brighten Downtown Springfield

The Business Improvement District in Springfield, Massachusetts has a new executive director. Chris Russell was recently brought on board to run the downtown association of local businesses that was formed in 1998.  The BID has some new downtown improvement projects.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Russell.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Extensive Makeover Announced For Downtown Apartment Complex

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno speaks during the unveiling of plans for a major renovation to a 280-unit downtown apartment complex. Listening to the mayor are Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy ( at far left), and Erik Dowling of the SilverBrick Group, the developers.
Credit WAMC

A New York City-based developer unveiled plans today for a major renovation to an apartment complex in downtown Springfield.  The project was hailed by city officials as another big step in downtown’s  revitalization.

Officials with the SilverBrick group outlined plans for what they said would be a $6 million renovation of the 280-unit complex that fronts Main Street.  The extensive makeover will include luxury amenities intended to persuade people to pay market-rate rents to live in the urban center.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Negotiations Continue In Bid To Save Historic Community Center

Credit WAMC

Efforts continue to save an historic community center in Springfield, Massachusetts from foreclosure.  The Dunbar Community Center has been an oasis for inner-city youth for decades, but now faces an uncertain future.

The board of directors of the Dunbar Community Center is continuing to negotiate with its mortgage-holder to avoid foreclosure and the possible closing of the center in Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood.   A statement from the board this week said no foreclosure sale had been scheduled.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Renovations Set For Downtown Housing Complex

A $6 million renovation is planned at the former Morgan Square Apartments in downtown Springfield, MA as city officials encourage development of more market-rate housing
Credit WAMC

A large apartment complex in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts was sold this summer to a New York City-based developer. A renovation plan will be announced this week.  City officials say addressing the dearth of market-rate housing is a key to revitalizing downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

City Tax Breaks Encourage Small Business Growth

Standing in front of the Freedom Credit Union headquarters on Main Street in Springfield are ( l to r) CEO Barry Crosby, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy
Credit WAMC

A financial institution with roots in Springfield, Massachusetts that go back almost a century is planning to expand its headquarters in the downtown area.  Springfield economic development officials say they are concentrating on this type of small business growth as the fate of a casino that promises to bring thousands of jobs to the city is in the hands of state voters.

             Freedom Credit Union has announced a $2.2 million expansion of its Main Street headquarters, a project that when completed will bring more than 50 jobs to downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

City Councilor Warns Crime Battle Is Being Lost

Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke

In a city where public safety consistently ranks as the top issue in public opinion polls, a veteran Springfield city councilor caused a buzz this week when he suggested people had become complacent about violence.

In an op-ed published on MassLive.com, Springfield City Councilor-at-large Tim Rooke called on the “silent majority” to speak up and help dismantle the violent drug gangs that he said are causing families to move out of Springfield and hurting businesses.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Study Focuses On Area Impacted By Gas Explosion

A study suggests this building, which was heavily damaged by a gas explosion in 2012 could be redeveloped as a catalyst for a Springfield innovation district.
Credit WAMC

A study released today envisions transforming an area of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts that was rocked by a natural gas explosion two years ago into an incubator for the innovation economy.

     The study suggests a combination of improvements to public parks, sidewalks and streets in concert with investments by private building owners would be needed to transform the roughly three- block area impacted by the November 2012 explosion into an area attractive to entrepreneurs.

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