Downtown Projects That Are Still Moving Forward, Despite the Pandemic

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All though it seems like the world is at a stand still, these projects haven’t slowed down…

We look forward to these projects being complete and ready to open for the “new normal” during this pandemic.

3-7 ELM STREET + 13-31 ELM STREET 

Recently, the Court Square properties known as 3-7 Elm Street and 13-31 Elm Street in downtown Springfield, marked a significant approval and funding milestone for the advancement of the historic redevelopment project to be undertaken by Historic Court Square Development Associates. The $51 million dollar project entails a complete restoration of the former Court Square Hotel building and the adjacent mercantile building, as a mixed-use development, including new market rate and workforce housing apartments to address the housing shortage that exists in Downtown Springfield as well as ground floor retail. In addition, the development will generate additional tax revenues and construction and permanent jobs.

 

The Court Square Development will include a total of 12,000SF of first floor retail in both buildings and a total of 74 apartments (units): 59 units of market rate residential and 15 workforce residential units which will be for 80% AMI income tenants.  The properties have been vacant since the early 1980’s. 3-7 Elm Street is the oldest mercantile building in the City and 13-31 Elm Street was a former theater and hotel and lastly an office building and is a six story structure.

 

The completion of this project in 2022, will complete the remaining historic Downtown site, which were highlighted by the Urban Land Institute. – Christopher Moskal, Executive Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority

 

PYNCHON PARK

Downtown’s new gateway to the Quadrangle…

“We’re excited about the reopening of Pynchon Park. The park is a critical connection between the Springfield Museums and our downtown and makes it so much easier for people staying at the hotels, visiting MGM Springfield, or an event at the MassMutual Center, to be able to visit our world class museums. The park reopens with a new Springfield Police substation at its base, a significant redevelopment of the Skyview Downtown apartments, and a great deal of positive new energy around it.

 

We’re thankful for the work the city did to begin this process with students and faculty at the UMASS Design Center, that included stakeholder design workshops, and eventually receiving a MassWorks grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – for which this project would not have been possible. Along with the MassWorks grant, Mayor Sarno committed city funding as well to help ensure the park project could be completed.

 

We’re confident with the strong working partnership of organizations like the BID, Springfield Museums, Related Company and the City of Springfield Parks, Police, and Planning & Economic Development departments the park will be a great success.” – Brian Connors, Deputy Director or Economic Development

 

 

 

WHITE LION BREWERY AT TOWER SQUARE

White Lion’s construction at 1500 Main Street is taking shape.  Though the brewery space remains under construction, the company is already operational at Tower Square.  White Lion independently distributes  and services a number of liquor and package stores throughout Massachusetts and operates its door to door service to local towns and cities from downtown.
“We remain optimistic and look forward to opening our doors sometime this summer and officially being part of the downtown fabric.” – Ray Berry, White Lion Brewing Company

OVERLAND LOFTS

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The historic Willys-Overland Building in downtown Springfield is being brought back to life. Once complete, the 73,000 sq ft building with indoor parking is set to include vibrant retail space along with 60 market-rate apartments. Coming soon! Stay tuned.

For more information, follow them on Facebook -> Overland Lofts Facebook

 

MARRIOTT AT TOWER SQUARE MAKING A COMEBACK

“Focused on growing the business for 2021”

Amidst COVID-19 and the impacts on the hotel industry, Springfield Hospitality LLC; owners of Tower Square Hotel, managing partners; Vid Mitta, and Dinesh Patel push forward with renovations to ensure a superior brand available in Springfield downtown for 2021 travelers.

As we partner with the city of Springfield, we are confident that the multimillion-dollar transformation will draw travelers to Springfield. Our owners are passionate about the transformation and believe in the project as well as the city of Springfield. We are confident with the partnerships of organizations like the BID, GSCVB, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and Spirit of Springfield, the Marriott Springfield Downtown will have great success 2021 and beyond.

 

HOT TABLE RENOVATIONS 

“We are confident that eventually, we will get back to normal, whatever that normal is. We have seven stores and we want to continue to grow our brand and investing in our store is really important,” said DeVoie.

The renovation includes: all new floors, tiling, and furniture as well as re-doing the kitchen.

Hot Table in downtown Springfield will re-open for takeout this week.

 

IRISH ALE HOUSE RENOVATIONS

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Introducing the NEW “Irish Ale House”. Located at 536 Worthington St. Springfield Ma. It’s the Alehouse you remember but with a facelift and under new ownership. Same great times, same location. New digs!  Bear with us while they transform.

 

 

 

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  • Tom Lott
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    I’m very impressed with the progressiveness and collaboration of Springfield Redevelopment, Mayor Sarno, Chris Russell, Chris Moskel, and all businesses and organizations associated with sustaining, and improving the image of the City of Springfield.

    I am proud to be a resident of this great city and proud and supportive of the city’s leadership.

    Tom Lott
    Forest Park Heights

  • Jeffrey D Youens
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    Thank you for the valuable and useful information! You are helping me to keep up with the positive changes to Downtown Springfield. Thanks again.

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