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   A new era in transportation in western Massachusetts begins in a few days. After being closed for decades, Union Station in Springfield is reopening following a years-long $95 million dollar restoration and redevelopment. 

    James Sullivan, 96, remembers Union Station during its glory days.

    " I can remember coming down from Northampton on the old railroad,"  Sullivan recalled during a visit to Union Station earlier this year with veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 

     A tentative agreement is in place between officials in Springfield, Massachusetts and MGM to have the casino operator invest in a long-stalled downtown development project. But it means MGM’s pledge to build housing as part of its $950 million resort casino development will be further delayed.

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   A new tenant was announced today for the newest transportation hub in western Massachusetts that is about a month away from opening to the public.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

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   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   With a date set for the public reopening of Springfield’s Union Station after a years-long restoration project, details have been announced for a celebration.

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   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up a small downtown park that is at the center of a larger urban renewal push.

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A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season.

A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season. 

The Springfield Sting lost a game to the New Jersey Express last weekend and was eliminated from the American Basketball Association playoffs.  

Despite going out on a tough two-point loss, the franchise’s founder and owner, Zach Baru, said it was a successful season for the first-year team.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Baru.

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  Hoping to attract more restaurants to downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the city has begun accepting applications for a new loan program.

To satisfy a commitment to build market-rate housing in downtown Springfield, MGM has now apparently decided to redevelop a long-vacant building located just a block from its resort casino project.

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  No developer has stepped forward yet with an offer to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts. But late today, the deadline to put in a bid was extended.

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    The countdown is on to the opening of a new transportation hub in western Massachusetts later this year.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on stage
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       In an updated report, city officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are highlighting more than $3.3 billion in development projects over the last five years. 

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved $1.5 million for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to create a restaurant development fund.

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       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

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Anxious to make the inaugural season of its new professional hockey team a success, the city of Springfield is removing a financial obstacle to attend the games.

Springfield Museums

      Exhibits and educational programs from the Smithsonian Institution will be coming to western Massachusetts. 

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An experienced leader in the animal welfare field has been hired as the new executive director at the Dakin Humane Society in the Pioneer Valley.  

Carmine  DiCenso started his new job at the organization Monday. He sat down Tuesday for an interview with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

The Springfield Sting logo in front of City Hall
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    The American Basketball Association (ABA) is bringing a team to the birthplace of the game.

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     The city of Springfield today renamed a downtown street in honor of the man credited with saving AHL hockey in western Massachusetts time and time again. 

exterior of the Dunbar Community Center
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The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that has been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades.

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   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.

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Officials have had no luck tracking down antique wooden benches missing from Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts. So, now vocational school students may be enlisted to construct replicas to be included in the massive renovation of the historic transportation building.

Springfield Water and Sewer Commission Ex. Dir. Joshua Schimmel
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Although many pipes are more than a century old, the utility infrastructure in Springfield, Massachusetts is in good shape and is continually being upgraded, according to officials who spoke at a public forum. The roundtable was scheduled after a water main break last month caused a large sinkhole on Main Street and raised concerns about what is happening underground.

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Springfield officials have announced plans to redevelop a downtown park to make it the center of a proposed dining district. The plan was announced during a visit this week by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

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Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week.  Hundreds of events are taking place this week from the Berkshires to Cape Cod where bicycling is highlighted as an alternative form of transportation. 

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