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New England News
5:58 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Springfield City Council To Take Up Changes To Foreclosure Law

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City Councilors in Springfield Massachusetts Monday night will consider changing a foreclosure ordinance to settle a lawsuit by several banks.

The change would exempt banks from having to post a $10,000 bond to secure and maintain foreclosed vacant property, if other conditions are met, including hiring a local property manager. A mediation program to help people at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure would be implemented. City Council Vice President Bud Williams said implementation of the ordinance has been blocked since it was passed almost two years ago.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Casino Operators Pledge To Hire Locally

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The two companies competing to build a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts have affirmed local hiring goals.

   Penn National Gaming says  its goal is to hire 90 percent of its workforce from the city of Springfield.  MGM Resorts said 35  percent of its employees would be city residents, and 90 percent would live in the Greater Springfield area.  William Ward, held of the Hampden Regional Employment Board said the agency will work with whichever company gets the casino license

   A consortium of community colleges plans to offer casino job training courses..

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New England News
5:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Springfield Police Expand Use Of Gunshot Detection Technology

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Police in Springfield Massachusetts are expanding the use of gunshot detection technology.

   The area of Springfield now covered by the  gun shot detection system has been roughly doubled. The expansion was paid for by $120,000 in private donations collected by the New North Citizens Council as part of the civic organization’s safe neighborhood initiative. Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet said the technology can put police on a crime scene in time to make an arrest and seize a gun

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Casino Operators Say They'll Draw Big Crowds Without Big Traffic Problems

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno plans to begin negotiations today with the two casino companies competing for development rights.  Top executives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he appreciates that two world class developers are each prepared to invest up to $1 billion dollars  for economic development in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Activists Oppose Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance

A house left vacant after a foreclosure in Springfield in 2011
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The city of Springfield Massachusetts is considering changing a local ordinance that was hailed as a national model for addressing problems caused by foreclosures. Community activists, who championed the ordinance when it passed almost two years ago, accuse city officials of caving into the banks.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Negotiations With Casino Developers Delayed

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has announced a delay in negotiations over building a resort casino downtown. The city will take more time to review written proposals from two casino operators competing for the city’s support. 

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New England News
4:21 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

City Releases Details Of Casino Proposals

The detailed plans and related documents for two competing resort casino proposals in Springfield Massachusetts have been made public. 


 

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New England News
12:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a meeting last summer at Springfield Technical Community College
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Eleven applications have been filed for lucrative gaming licenses in Massachusetts. Companies that want to develop resort  casinos  or a slots parlor had to meet a 5PM Tuesday deadline to file paperwork and a non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

       Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby was thrilled. He said the state is primed to achieve maximum job creation and revenue from its fledgling gambling industry.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Redevelopment Plans Announced For Historic Indian Motorcycle Site

The Mason Square Fire Station with the Indian Motorcycle complex in the background
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American International College Tuesday announced a $25 million dollar redevelopment of the historic Indian Motorcycle property adjacent to its campus in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The project announced Tuesday will result in the redevelopment of 139 housing units in the former factory complex where legendary Indian Motorcycles were manufactured up until 1950.  It will include building apartments in  a former fire station that sits on the property in the heart of the inner city Mason Square Neighborhood.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Re-elected Springfield City Council President Sees Casinos, School Safety As Top Issues

Springfield City Councilor James Ferrera takes the oath of office for council president from District Court Judge William Boyle, assisted by Springfield City Clerk Wayman Lee
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City Councilor James Ferrera, who assured the council a place at the center of the casino debate last year by creating a casino site committee, was re-elected by his colleagues to a rare second consecutive one year term as council president.  Ferrera predicted the casino issue would top the council’s agenda in 2013.

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