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November 2015
On the Move
69 Maple Street

Looking for us? We recently moved our offices to the former Carriage House at 69 Maple Street, one of three buildings located on the professional office campus that we are currently developing known as the Lower Maple Business Park. Though our mailing address for now has not changed, we are no longer at 1182 Main Street. We are pleased at the opportunity to relocate to one of our most active redevelopment sites while remaining in the downtown area.

83 Maple Street

The next phase of the project, the rehabilitation of 83 Maple Street is expected to be complete this spring. Rehabilitation of the former Female Seminary at 77 Maple Street is expected to begin by mid-2016. While DevelopSpringfield plans to remain on the Lower Maple Business Park campus, we also look forward to welcoming additional tenants. If you have plans to relocate and are interested in some really special office space in a thoughtfully rehabilitated historic building, give us a call! The campus will include ample parking for tenants and their visitors and is within walking distance to the courts and downtown's many restaurants and attractions.

Click here for additional details on the project and for leasing information. To inquire further, please call 413-209-8808 or dmckahn@developspringfield.com

DevelopSpringfield's Annual Fall Open House Reception

Many thanks to all of our Partners, friends and supporters who were able to join us in November for our annual Fall Open House. 

This was a bit of a farewell to our home on Main Street with a great great group of business leaders who met to network, learn about DevelopSpringfield projects and enjoy some refreshments before the holiday rush.
Springfield Innovation Center

We hosted a tour for our Partners and supporters recently to share a behind the scenes look at the future Springfield Innovation Center ahead of planned renovations to create a permanent home for Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) together with an innovation café and commercial offices. Attendees were also provided with a glimpse at the project's concept designs.

The project is slated to go out to bid shortly with plans to begin construction in early 2016. We look forward to VVM and their entrepreneur teams settling in to their new space by the end of next year!

Many thanks to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassDevelopment, MassMutual Financial Group and the Beveridge Family Foundation for their early support of this project. We are still seeking additional funding to assist with the fit-out of the space. For information on how you can make a contribution please give us a call at 413-209-8808.  Click here for additional project information.

Partners and supporters gathering with Jay Minkarah, DevelopSpringfield's President and CEO to learn more about the project.

The Springfield Innovation Center is core to the planned redevelopment of the Springfield Innovation District, an initiative to redevelop a targeted area of downtown which will also benefit from the City's Union Station project.  Click here to view a short video on the initiative.
5th Celebrate Springfield Annual Dinner Event
Plans are underway for our 5th Celebrate Springfield Annual Dinner Event to be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the MassMutual Center. Last year more than 550 business leaders and community members packed the house to enjoy a reception hour complete with auction events, live music and hors d'oeuvres followed by a sit-down dinner, brief program and awards presentations. Click here for sponsorship and seating information. We hope to see you there!
Partnership Investment Program

Our annual campaign for our Partnership Investment Program is underway, and you are invited to invest in the work of DevelopSpringfield. By joining us as a Partner, you will help to provide a foundation of financial support to strengthen our work while having the opportunity to participate in strategic planning and advisory groups that help shape our direction and focus in areas such as real estate strategy; and urban development and design.

Special thanks to Baystate Health and MassMutual Financial Group for their extraordinary support as Leadership Partners again this year. Our current Business and Non Profit Partners who have joined us already in our 2015-2016 campaign include: 122 Chestnut, LLC, Associated Building Wreckers, Bacon Wilson, P.C., Columbia Gas of Massachusetts; Common Capital, Dianne and Paul Doherty, Guy Dalton-GZA, HAPHousing, MassLive, NUVO Bank & Trust Co., Raymond James, Revitalize CDC, Springfield College, Springfield Housing Authority, Studio One, Sumner & Toner Insurance Agency and United Personnel Services. We are grateful to all of them for their support as well as our Individual Partners. Please join them in supporting DevelopSpringfield in our collective efforts to revitalize Springfield.

Becoming a Partner is easy!  Join online and learn more about the program benefits--click here for more details.  Or, feel free to call our office at 413-209-8808 to speak with us about your interest.
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