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Outlook 2017--Minkarah: Developspringfield sees major progress

Click here for a link to an article published on MassLive on 2/13/17


12 Reasons Why Springfield is a city on the rise

Click here for a link to a slide show published on MassLive 12/2016


Historic Merrick Phelps House restoration celebrated

Click here for a link to photo gallery and article published in The Republican/MassLive 6/22/16

Click here for a link to coverage on 22News 6/22/16

Click here for a link to coverage on WAMC radio 6/22/16

Click here for a link to an article in The Reminder 6/30/16


SPRINGFIELD tornado recovery--five years later

Click here for a link to article published in The Republican/MassLive 6/1/16


FUTURECITY 2026-Economic development Strategy

Click here for a link to article published in BusinessWest 5/31/16


SPRINGFIELD INNOVATION CENTER "Groundbreaking"

Click here for a link to videos published in The Republican/MassLive 4/29/16

Click here for a link to article published in The Republican/MassLive 4/29/16

Click here for a link to article published in The Reminder on 5/5/16


a focus on the north end

Click here for a link to an article in The Republican/MassLive 4/7/16


5th Celebrate Springfield annual dinner event

Click here for Seen@ published in The Republican/MassLive 3/10/16


 

DEVELOPSPRINGFIELD's special tour of Springfield Innovation Center

Click here for a link to article published in The Republican/Masslive 10/30/15


DEVELOPSPRINGFIELD a partner in teacher housing initiative

Click here for a link to article published in The Republican/Masslive 7/2/15

Click here for a link to a short video produced by The Republican regarding the project, published on 6/30/15


DEVELOPSPRINGFIELD presented with Springfield Preservation Trust Award

Click here for a link to article published in The Republican/Masslive 5/20/15


developspringfield projects moving forward

Click here for a link to article published in The Reminder 3/19/15 


4th Celebrate Springfield annual dinner March 12, 2015

Click here for a link to 22News Story

Click here for story and photo gallery on MassLive


DEVELOPSPRINGFIELD completes purchase of bridge street property for innovation center

Click here for a link to MassLive article, 2/26/15


DEVELOPSPRINGFIELD featured in article in el pueblo latino

Click here for a link to article, 12/19/14


DEVELOPSPRINGFIELD purchases 77 maple street from springfield preservation trust

Click here for a link to press release, 12/5/14


 

developspringfield to create springfield innovation center

Click here for a link to press release, 11/6/14


McDonald's Restaurant proposed for former river inn site

Click here for a link to article on MassLive


Worthington street district planning study coverage

Click here for a link to article in BusinessWest

Click here for a link to article in The Republican/Masslive

Click here for link to story on ABC40/FOX6

Click here for link to story on 22News

Click here for link to story on CBS3Springfield

Click here for link to story in The Reminder Publications


Rebuild Springfield Progress Report 2014 Coverage

Click here for a link to article in The Republican/Masslive

Click here for story on ABC40/Fox6

Click here for story on 22News

Click here for story posted on BusinessWest.com "Daily News"


DevelopSpringfield President & CEO on WGBY's Connecting Point

Click here for a link to the segment which aired on May 5, 2014


BusinessWest Stories on DevelopSpringfield Efforts

Click here for link to a story published in BusinessWest on 4/21/14 highlighting DevelopSpringfield projects.

Click here for a link to editorial published in BusinessWest on 4/21/14 "Some Steps in the Right Direction"


Mason Square Supermarket project

Click here for link to 22News story 4/8/14


 

Worthington Street Planning

Click here for link to WGGB40 story on neighborhood planning meeting.


DevelopSpringfield Announces Grant for Facade Improvement 

Click here for link to press release announcing grant for 1095 Main Street property.


DevelopSpringfield Making Progress on Maple Street Property

Click here for link to Republican/MassLive article


Berkshire Bank Provides Grant to Support Gunn Block Redevelopment

Click here for link to Press Release


Springfield Selected to Tackle Blight and Vacancy at Community Progress Leadership Institute

Click here for link to City's Press Release


DevelopSpringfield's 3rd Annual Celebrate Springfield Dinner and Gala to Honor Local Individuals

Click here for a link to the story in The Republican/MassLive


DevelopSpringfield Board Member honored by Association for Community Living 

Springfield-based NUVO Bank & Trust Co. recently announced that Chief Executive Officer M. Dale Janes was awarded the Sally Barnhart Leadership Award from the Assoc. for Community Living in appreciation for his voluntary leadership as president of the board of directors. 

Click here for a link to the announcement in BusinessWest


DevelopSpringfield Announces Grant for Facade Improvement

DevelopSpringfield recently announced a grant for facade improvements to property at 1600 Main Street.

Click here for a link to the announcement in BusinessWest


Community Meeting in Mason Square Included Discussion of Supermarket

El Pueblo Latina posted an article in Spanish regarding a recent meeting in Mason Square that had some focus on the project to bring a supermarket to the area.

Click here for a link to the article.  SPANISH


DevelopSpringfield issues Request for Qualifications for Environmental Support

DevelopSpringfield is looking to secure the services of an environmental consulting firm to assist us in obtaining EPA and other environmental assessment and clean-up funds and to manage those processes as they relate to certain redevelopment projects.  DEADLINE 12/6/13 (expired)

 


DevelopSpringfield issues Request for Qualifications for Architectural Design Firms

DevelopSpringfield is looking to secure the services of an architectural design firm for design of a 40,000 to 45,000 sq. ft. full-line grocery store in an underserved urban area in Springfield, MA known as Mason Square. DEADLINE 12/9/13 (expired)

 


DevelopSpringfield Acquires Historic Gunn Block

DevelopSpringfield announced the recent acquisition of the historic Gunn Block (corner of State and Walnut Streets) for redevelopment.

Click here for story on 22News on 5/14/13

Click here for story on ABC40/FOX6 on 5/14/13

Click here for story on Masslive.com on 5/14/13

Click here for a story on Masslive.com 5/15/13 for history of the Gunn Block
(originally published by the Republican in June 1974)

Click here for editorial published in The Republican 5/16/13


DevelopSpringfield Demolition Ceremony at old River Inn

DevelopSpringfield staged a Demolition Ceremony on Thursday, May 9 to begin the demolition process at the old River Inn at 700 State Street. Brief remarks by Nick Fyntrilakis, VP at MassMutual Financial Group and chairman of DevelopSpringfield's board; Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield; Mayor Domenic Sarno; and Kevin Kennedy, City of Springfield were followed by sledge hammer smashing and starter demolition on the building.

Click here to read article posted on Masslive.com on 5/9/13

Click here for story on 22News on 5/9/13

Click here for story on ABC40/FOX6 on 5/9/13


DevelopSpringfield Acquires Historic Property at 83 Maple Street

DevelopSpringfield to rehabilitate deteriorating historic building at 83 Maple Street site. Story featured in The Republican print edition 4/24/13 and on Masslive.com.
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More news on this project in The Republican print edition on 4/25/13.
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More news on this project on New England Public Radio.
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The Republican featured an editorial on massive.com on 4/25/13.
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DevelopSpringfield Celebrate Springfield Gala - Photos from The Republican

DevelopSpringfield's 2nd Annual Celebrate Springfield Gala, Friday, April 12. Photo gallery from The Republican.

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DevelopSpringfield Celebrate Springfield Gala - ABC40/FOX6 Story

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DevelopSpringfield Progress -- Article from The Republican

Article ran in 3/20/13 edition of The Republican regarding DevelopSpringfield's acquisition of the old River Inn property on State Street for redevelopment.

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DevelopSpringfield "Seeds of Restoration" -- Editorial from The Republican

Commentary highlighting the strength of our community and our citizens; and the power of working together.

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DevelopSpringfield Awards Grant to New Downtown Restaurant

A $4,168 grant was recently awarded to Panjabi Tadka Indian Restaurant on Main Street for signage, lighting and other exterior improvements under DevelopSpringfield's Corridor Storefront Improvement Program.

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DevelopSpringfield announces new President and CEO

John “Jay” Minkarah has been appointed President and CEO of DevelopSpringfield – the City of Springfield’s private non-profit development partner.

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DevelopSpringfield announces Leadership Team

DevelopSpringfield, a nonprofit corporation overseeing a citywide revitalization effort, announced its community leadership team to implement the “Rebuild Springfield” master plan in the aftermath of the June 1 tornado.

Click here to see a list of the recently appointed District & Domain Leaders


Gala Boosts Rebuild Springfield in Post-Tornado efforts

Approximately 400 people turned out for the “Celebrate Springfield Gala”, raising nearly $70,000 to help implement the Rebuild Springfield master plan.

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New Interim Executive Director

DevelopSpringfield selects Kevin Sweeney as its new interim Executive Director

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Tornado Relief Efforts

At the request of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, DevelopSpringfield and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority have formed a public-private partnership, which will plan and manage a comprehensive multi-year effort to rebuild all sections of the City affected by the June 1 tornadoes. Key stakeholders, including the business community and neighborhood groups, will be consulted throughout the planning and management process.

View the official City of Springfield press release
View "100 Day Tornado Recovery Update" presentation


Community Rebuilding Fair

Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Place: High School of Commerce, 415 State Street, Springfield, MA

Refreshments and onsite childcare will be provided.


A grocery store would satisfy inner-city hunger

Supermarket developers have shied away from opening stores in downtown and inner-city locations over the last few decades as the nation’s population migrated from urban centers to the greener pastures of the suburbs.

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DevelopSpringfield Advancing Redevelopment in Springfield Nearly $100,000 Already Provided for Storefront Improvements

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DevelopSpringfield identifies State Street location for possible supermarket in city

DevelopSpringfield has identified a city block on State Street as a good location for a supermarket boosters think would provide food and jobs to the troubled neighborhood.

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DevelopSpringfield shows off results of State Street storefront improvement

DevelopSpringfield showed off the results of its Corridor Storefront Improvement Program Thursday just a block away from the State Street location it’s identified as a good spot to build a new supermarket.

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Springfield businesses eligible for $1 million for improvements

New Agency Created to Drive Economic Development, Revitalization

SPRINGFIELD [October 28, 2009] – Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today announced that $1 million in grants are available to fund storefront improvements along the entire length of State and Main streets. The grants are available through the Corridor Storefront Improvement Program (CSIP), a project of DevelopSpringfield Corporation, a new private agency that was introduced by Mayor Sarno today.

Through the CSIP, DevelopSpringfield will help businesses and property owners fund exterior improvements such as the restoration of architectural details, painting, window and door replacement, signage, lighting and other façade improvements. The program’s objectives are to improve the physical appearance of businesses and enhance commercial districts along these two principal urban corridors. Eligible businesses could receive grants of up to $10,000 to improve the exterior appearance of their buildings or property. Business owners will be required to match 25 percent of the total grant with their own investment toward improvements.

The CSIP is being funded by public and private monies. The City of Springfield is contributing $499,000 and private funds totaling $501,000 have been raised to match the City’s funding. Private contributors include Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) $276,000; Liberty Mutual $100,000; Springfield Business Development Corporation $100,000; and the State Street Alliance $25,000.

“DevelopSpringfield will provide the City an effective partnership with the private sector to advance development and redevelopment projects in Springfield,” said Sarno. “Over the past year the City has been working with the private sector to put forward an entity that would not only complement the City’s public-sector development vehicles like the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, but have the proper tools for today’s development demands. This organization provides proper public sector linkage enabling it to play a critical role in bricks and mortar redevelopment.”

“DevelopSpringfield will pursue a broad range of development opportunities as our objective is to stimulate and support economic growth and speed up the revitalization process in the city of Springfield,” said Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, Chairman of DevelopSpringfield – and also Assistant Vice President, Community Responsibility at MassMutual. “We will address the City’s need to redevelop sites, revitalize areas, and spark economic growth and prosperity.”

DevelopSpringfield will focus on quality revitalization strategies that have a high probability of success such as the storefront improvement program. The new organization has a 13-member board of directors including representatives from the city, state, and local business community.

Interested businesses may learn more about and apply for the grants by contacting DevelopSpringfield at (413) 209-8808 or info@developspringfield.com.