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May 2013
Gala 2013 Honorees
Our 2013 Gala Honorees
Celebrate Springfield Gala


Many thanks to the 240+ attendees who joined us on April 12 to enjoy a festive evening including dinner, music, dancing and a silent auction.  Guests were treated to a special video production donated by Focus Springfield sharing highlights of our community's progress since the June 1, 2011 tornado. Jay Minkarah, DevelopSpringfield's president and CEO also introduced some new, exciting projects underway including redevelopment of the old River Inn property at 700 State Street and plans to work toward bringing a full-line grocery store to the Mason Square area.

 

We also honored four members of our community for their extraordinary support of rebuild efforts around the City.  This year's honorees were:  Shalimar Colon, Educator, Springfield Public Schools;  Dr. Richard B. Flynn, President, Springfield College;  Mary Martin, Director, HAP Housing's Disaster Recovery Team;  and Gerry McCafferty, Housing Director, City of Springfield.

 

Thanks also to our sponsors for their very generous support--our Platinum Sponsors included MassMutual Financial Group, Baystate Health and Health New England, and MGM.

 

See photos here

River Inn
We Acquired Our First Property!
The former River Inn slated for redevelopment


DevelopSpringfield purchased the old River Inn at 700 State Street in March and plans to demolish the building which has long been in disrepair and an eyesore to the neighborhood. Demolition is slated to begin within the next couple of weeks.  We will be seeking a developer/buyer/tenant interested in bringing an appropriate business to the area that will fit with the goals of the neighborhood.

 

Click here for link to an article. 

83 Maple Street
Restoration of the Ansel Phelps House
83 Maple Street


Just a couple of weeks ago we purchased the Ansel Phelps House at 83 Maple Street.  This Greek Revival style home was originally build for Solymon Merrick, the inventor of the monkey wrench. 

 

The property is included on the Springfield Preservation Trust's list of Endangered Historic Properties of Springfield which highlights 10 threatened properties of architectural and historical significance.

 

Located at the corner of Maple Street and Union Street, plans include stabilizing the
home in preparation for restoration and reuse.  The home has been in serious disrepair for many years.  The goal of DevelopSpringfield with this project is to eliminate a blight on the neighborhood while saving an important historic property and to ensure its rehabilitation to an appropriate use.

 

Click here to learn more

Corridor Storefront Improvement Program (CSIP)
 

The CSIP is a program designed to provide grants of up to $10,000 to eligible property owners and business tenants for improvements to ground-floor storefronts located on Main and State Streets with the goal of improving the physical appearance of buildings along these two important corridors.

  

Funds can be used to make exterior improvements such as:

  • Lighting
  • Windows and doors
  • Signage and awnings
  • Repair/restoration of finishes or architectural detailing
  • Masonry repair
  • Removal (or conversion) of solid roll-down grates
  • Landscaping

Program guidelines and applications are available on our website.  Interested property owners and tenants should review the guidelines to determine eligibility and complete a pre-application to begin the process!

 

 

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Our mission is to help create conditions that encourage private development, with a bricks-and-mortar focus and always with an eye toward understanding and meeting Springfield's unique and diverse redevelopment needs.

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