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Warming Trend

A confluence of factors — from the opening of MGM Springfield to the dawn of the cannabis era in Massachusetts — have fueled heightened interest in real estate in downtown Springfield. Brokers report that the level of activity — inquiries, showings, leases, and sales — is the highest they’ve seen in recent memory.

Freddy Lopez Jr. says there’s a rather complex algorithm, as he called it, when it comes to locating a cannabis dispensary in Springfield.

Such a facility can’t be within 500 feet of a school, he noted. Or within 300 of another dispensary. Or within 50 feet of a Class A residence. And there are many other restrictions, as well as a host of hurdles to clear locally and with the state, just to get the doors open.

But this rather high degree of difficulty doesn’t seem to be stopping many people from trying to get in the game in downtown Springfield — and at other locations within the city, said Lopez, a broker with Springfield-based NAI Plotkin.

He said he’s lost count when it comes to how many properties he’s shown to various parties, and noted that the interest is constant and only increasing, as desire to be part of the cannabis wave, if you will, intensifies.

“There’s a lot of interest across the area, but the hot spots are downtown, and especially locations near the casino,” said Lopez, who recently brokered the sale of 1665 Main St., once the headquarters of Hampden Bank, to a party (RLTY Development Springfield LLC) interested in converting it into a dispensary. “There’s a lot of competition for good sites.”

1665 Main St., recently sold to a party interested in converting it into a cannabis dispensary. Evan Plotkin, left, and Freddy Lopez Jr. of NAI Plotkin, which brokered the sale.

The Main Street property, located across from the Hippodrome and a block from Union Station, was most recently assessed at $127,600, but sold for $285,000, a clear sign of the times and an indicator of how hot the race to secure locations for cannabis facilities can, and probably will, become.

“People are jockeying for position right now,” said Lopez, adding that some parties are securing options, some are leasing, and others, like RLTY, are going ahead and buying properties in anticipation of winning a coveted license.

But the cannabis industry is only part of the story when it comes to growing interest in Springfield and especially its downtown, said Mitch Bolotin, a principal with Colebook Realty, based in the heart of downtown.

MGM Springfield has certainly had an impact as well, spurring interest in various forms of development, from retail to housing. But there have been many other positive developments as well, from the relocation of the Community Foundation of Western Mass. to a location on Bridge Street, to the renovation of Stearns Square, to an improved outlook on the part of many when it comes to public safety.

“There are a number of factors driving this,” said Bolotin late on a Friday afternoon after a day of showing various properties, referring to a surge in interest and activity in Springfield and its downtown. “I’ve been doing this for more than 30 years now, and this is the strongest I’ve ever seen it.”

Mitch Bolotin says MGM Springfield is just one of many factors stimulating the most activity seen in the downtown Springfield market in recent memory.

Mitch Bolotin says MGM Springfield is just one of many factors stimulating the most activity seen in the downtown Springfield market in recent memory.

Demetrius Panteleakis expressed similar sentiments. The president of Macmillan Group LLC, now based in Tower Square, said the last quarter of this year has been extremely busy, and he expects that pattern to continue.

“I haven’t seen an October-November-December period as busy as this one — this is usually a slower time,” he noted. “There is a lot of movement; things are very robust right now.”

For this issue and its focus on commercial real estate, BusinessWest looks at why things are heating up in the downtown market and what this warming trend means for 2019 and beyond.

Where There’s Smoke…

Lopez said he has a number of anecdotes that capture the soaring level of interest in Springfield and its impact on the real-estate market.

One of his favorites concerns a party calling to inquire about securing a luxury apartment in downtown Springfield. Lopez explained that the city doesn’t really have any of those, much to the disappointment of the caller.

“This person was looking to do some investing in Springfield, and I think he wanted to use this apartment as a base — he could meet people there,” Lopez explained, adding that this phone call, all by itself, speaks volumes about how the commercial real-estate market is heating up in the city, and also how widespread the interest is.

Indeed, while there are many local parties interested in investment and/or development opportunities, the callers and visitors are also coming from well outside the 413.

“We’re getting calls from developers and investors in Boston, Rhode Island, New York City, and beyond,” he said, noting that many of these calls involve potential housing developments. “People who have never set foot in Springfield now have an interest in the city, and that’s very encouraging.”

That interest comes in many flavors, said those we spoke with, adding that the cannabis industry, and a strong desire to join it, are sparking many of the inquiries.

But these robust times are manifesting themselves in many ways.

Bolotin noted that he recently secured a lease for a new food-service business on Bridge Street. He couldn’t give specifics, but said the deal involved one of the vacant storefronts on that street, damaged first by the natural-gas blast and later by explosions triggered by a water-main break.

It’s an example of the strong interest in the market that he noted earlier, arguably the most activity he’s seen in recent memory.

“We’re seeing a lot of positive signs in the marketplace in terms of activity and interest, leases, and sales,” he said, adding that this vibrancy is reflected in everything from higher occupancy rates in the buildings managed by Colebrook — and there are many in the downtown, including the TD Bank Center and the Fuller Block — to how many showings of properties he’s conducted in recent months.

Overall, Bolotin, like others we spoke with about this, said there is considerably more positive energy concerning the downtown than there has been in some time. MGM deserves some credit for this, he noted, but there are many other factors as well, from the developments on and around Bridge Street to the renovation of the Fuller Block, to less apprehension about public safety. “The attitude is much more positive than it’s ever been.”

He noted that Patricia Canavan, president of United Personnel, who moved her business onto Bridge Street, Katie Alan Zobel, who relocated the Community Foundation to that same area, Tom Dennis, owner of the Dennis Group, who purchased and renovated the Fuller Block, among other buildings downtown, and Martin Miller, general manager of WFCR, who moved his operation from Amherst into the Fuller Block, are all examples of people investing in the downtown, and through, their actions, inspiring others to do so.

Panteleakis has also seen considerable optimism and less apprehension about public safety. “You don’t hear as many concerns about safety,” he said. “Before, safety was a real issue — it kept some people from coming downtown. But you don’t hear that much anymore.”

Meanwhile, housing has become a huge area of interest, in part because of MGM and the needs of its huge workforce, but also because of rising activity levels in general and growing anticipation that the city will soon become, if it isn’t already, a landing spot for younger people and empty-nesters alike.

Evan Plotkin, a principal with NAI Plotkin and long-time champion of downtown Springfield, noted the purchase of the former Willys-Overland building in the so-called ‘blast zone’ by Boston-based Davenport Advisors LLC, and that company’s acquisition of the old Registry of Motor Vehicles site, possibly for the same use, as harbingers of things to come.

“I’m seeing a lot of developers coming in looking to develop residential,” he said. “I see tremendous potential for new developments in parts of our city that have been stagnant for a long time, including areas on the fringes of downtown and in the downtown itself.”

Joint Ventures

While interest in potential housing development grows, the cannabis industry is the source of much of the activity downtown.

The brokers we spoke with said they’ve been showing multiple sites to groups interested in all facets of this business, from cultivation to retail. And while sites across the city are being explored — as many as 15 sites might become licensed in Springfield — the downtown is becoming the focal point.

“Things have been crazy for the past two years when it comes to this business,” he said, adding that he’s brokered the sale of sites for marijuana-related businesses in Holyoke and Easthampton. “Now, the focus is shifting to Springfield and the downtown area; people are trying to line up sites.”

Lopez concurred, noting that there is a broad mix of local, national, and even international companies looking to start a cannabis dispensary or cultivation site in this region, with many focused on Springfield and an initiative known as the Opportunity Zone Program.

Created as part of the U.S. Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, the program provides incentives for investment in low-income communities, like Springfield. Individuals and groups looking to develop in these designated geographic areas can gain favorable tax treatment on their capital gains, said Lopez, adding that he has worked with several owners and investors in the city’s Opportunity Zone.

The purchase of 1665 Main St. falls into this category, he said, noting that the acquisition is a good example of investors jockeying for position through options, leases, or outright purchases.

And the race for cannabis locations should provide a substantial boost for owners of properties downtown, said Plotkin, noting that prices are moving higher as interest grows, in a movement that echoes what happened when MGM Springfield and other casino-industry players jockeyed to enter this market.

“When you were dealing with a casino developer, like MGM or the other parties interested in Springfield, there was what we all referred to as the ‘casino rate,’” he explained. “They’ll pay more for real estate than the average buyer will.

“In the case of a marijuana dispensary, because the business is so lucrative, they will pay a lot more rent per square foot,” he went on, noting that a ‘marijuana rate’ is taking shape. “Rents that may have been $15 a square foot a year ago … for a marijuana shop, we’re taking about $20 to $25 per square foot, and in some cases more, depending on where it is.”

As for what the cannabis industry might mean for Springfield, Plotkin, who has traveled extensively, expressed some hope that the city might someday become somewhat like Amsterdam, a city famous for its culture, nightlife, and countless shops selling marijuana, other drugs, and related paraphernalia.

“I think Amsterdam is a great example of just how the very liberal nature of that city has led to incredible street life in that town that’s very safe,” he said. “Amsterdam is a great city, one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and maybe we can learn from its example.”

Bottom Line

Whether Springfield can become anything approaching Amsterdam — as a tourist destination or cannabis hotspot — remains to be seen.

For the time being, it is a hotspot when it comes to its commercial real-estate market.

There is interest and activity unlike anything that’s been seen in decades, and the consensus is that this pattern will likely continue and perhaps even intensify.

Springfield and its downtown have become the right place at the right time.

George O’Brien can be reached at [email protected]

Company Notebook

PeoplesBancorp, MHC Closes on Acquisition of First National Bank of Suffield

HOLYOKE — PeoplesBancorp, MHC, the parent company of PeoplesBank, has closed on its acquisition of the First National Bank of Suffield, effective Nov. 30. All the current branches of the First National Bank of Suffield opened and conducted business on Dec. 1 under the trade name First Suffield Bank, a Division of PeoplesBank. First Suffield Bank has four branches located in Suffield, West Suffield, East Granby, and Windsor Locks, Conn. PeoplesBank has 20 banking centers located throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts. In connection with the completion of the acquisition, one member of the board of directors of First Suffield Bank will join the board of directors of PeoplesBank and the board of trustees of PeoplesBancorp, MHC, the parent company of PeoplesBank, and certain other directors of First Suffield Bank will be provided the opportunity to serve as corporators of PeoplesBancorp. The combined organization has approximately $2.8 billion in assets and $1.9 billion in deposits.

Berkshire Hills to Acquire SI Financial Group

BOSTON — Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. and SI Financial Group Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Berkshire will acquire SIFI and its subsidiary, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Co., in an all-stock transaction valued at $180 million based on Berkshire’s stock price as of the close of business on Dec. 10. Berkshire’s total assets will increase to $13.6 billion, including the $1.6 billion in acquired SIFI assets. SIFI reported $1.3 billion in loans and $1.3 billion in deposits as of Sept. 30. This merger agreement increases Berkshire’s market presence with 18 branches in Eastern Conn. and five branches in Rhode Island, adding to Berkshire’s nine existing Connecticut branches.

MachineMetrics Announces $11.3 Million Funding Round

NORTHAMPTON — MachineMetrics, which equips factories with the digital tools needed to increase productivity and win more business, announced it has raised $11.3 million in Series A financing. Tola Capital led the round with participation from existing investors Hyperplane Venture Capital, Long River Ventures, Mass Ventures, Hub Angels, and Firebolt Ventures. With the new funds, the company will expand its data-science and product-development teams while accelerating global sales. MachineMetrics is a pioneer in industrial IoT (internet of things) technology. Its system is designed so customers can install it themselves without the need for expensive and time-consuming customization. Once installed, manufacturers can collect, visualize, and analyze data from any industrial machine. It automatically senses when there is a problem, even predicting some problems hours or minutes before they occur, and recommends solutions that reduce costly unplanned outages. In addition, MachineMetrics benchmarks a company’s machine performance against those of its peers to help guide future investments. Integrated into factories globally, MachineMetrics serves customers including Fastenal, Snap-On Tools, National Oilwell Varco, Gardner Denver, Continental, Saint Gobain, Shiloh Automotive, and SECO Tools.

NAI Plotkin Sells Historic Hampden Bank Building

SPRINGFIELD — NAI Plotkin, a leading commercial real-estate brokerage firm, announced it represented the seller in the sale of 1665 Main St., a 2,010-square-foot commercial building, formerly Hampden Savings Bank, located in downtown Springfield. The building was constructed in 1918 and has a glass ceiling with an ornate supporting structure, marble walls, and copper entrance. The asset sold for $285,000, although it last assessed for $127,600. Wilfredo Lopez of NAI Plotkin was the listing broker for the property. RLTY Development Springfield LLC secured the property and, as the new owner, plans to complete restoration of the original bank building and open a retail cannabis location. The building is also located directly across the street from the Paramount Theater and one block from the newly renovated Union Station. The next steps for the new owner will be to gain approval for the retail establishment by the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and the City Council.

Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts

LONGMEADOW — Campus safety is a top consideration for many individuals and their families when it comes to choosing a college to attend. Niche.com compiled a list of the safest college campuses in America, and Bay Path University ranked third out of nearly 1,500 reviewed. The university ranked first for safety in both Massachusetts and New England. “We do as much as we can to ensure that the Bay Path University campus is a safe place,” said Michael Giampietro, vice president for Finance & Administrative Services. “Campus safety is a top priority here. Our Longmeadow campus, in particular, is well-lit with emergency call boxes, and our staff performs routine building checks.” He also credited Bay Path’s small size, and the fact that students, facuty, and staff tend to know each other. “We’re also fortunate for our location in the very safe town of Longmeadow, where we work to maintain a good relationship with the local fire and police departments.” According to Niche.com, the 2019 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The site states that top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage. Specific factors considered include campus crime rate, local crime grade, student surveys on safety, residence-hall date violence rate, residence-hall rape rate, alcohol-related arrests, and drug-related arrests.

AIC Awarded Matching Grant from George I. Alden Trust

SPRINGFIELD — American International College (AIC) has been awarded a $150,000 matching grant from the George I. Alden Trust in Worcester to be applied to the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences building project. George Alden established the George I. Alden Trust in 1912 for the purpose of maintenance of charitable or philanthropic enterprises, with specific interest in the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions. This grant is the largest ever given to AIC by Alden Trust and offers a unique and inspiring challenge: the funds will be realized only if the college’s alumni match the pledge within 18 months. “It is an all-or-nothing match,” said Heather Gawron, executive director of Institutional Advancement for AIC. “We must raise the full $150,000 in order to receive any of the matched funds. With the support of our alumni, we are confident that this prerequisite is achievable and will strive to meet our goal by September 2019.” Alumni interested in learning more about the Alden Trust challenge are encouraged to contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (413) 205-3520, [email protected], or www.aic.edu/give/alden-grant.

The Channel Company Names NetLogix to Next-Gen 250 List

WESTFIELD — NetLogix announced that CRN, a brand of the Channel Company, named NetLogix to to its 2018 Next-Gen 250 list. The annual list identifies IT solution providers who have embraced emerging technologies and are setting the pace for the rest of the channel in their adoption. Those on the list have been able to meet their customers’ ever-changing IT needs in leading-edge technologies such as cloud computing, IoT, virtualization, mobility, business analytics, and business intelligence.

NetLogix is a network-management, cloud, and systems-technology integrator providing end-to-end solutions that ensure business integrity for small, medium-sized, and enterprise-level clients. The Westfield-based company designs, implements and manages IT solutions spanning computing infrastructure, enterprise management, VoIP, security, and cloud solutions.

Worcester State University, WNEU School of Law Forge Partnership

SPRINGFIELD — Worcester State University (WSU) and Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law have signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Worcester State University to apply for admission to the private law school and begin their legal education during their senior year. The agreement shortens the time required for students to earn both a bachelor’s and law degree from seven years to six years. WNEU President Anthony Caprio, who codified the agreement on behalf of Western New England University at the signing ceremony, noted that “this collaborative arrangement with Worcester State University will open doors for more students to access high-caliber legal education with our special brand of individualized student attention.” The agreement means qualified Worcester State University students who successfully complete their major requirements in three years, leaving them with only free electives, will have a seamless transition to Western New England University’s law school during what would be their senior year. Credits earned during the first year of law school will count towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Three academic departments at Worcester State will offer an academic gateway into the program: Criminal Justice, History and Political Science, and Philosophy. Upon completion of three years of law school, students earn a juris doctor (JD) from WNEU. With an emphasis on practical lawyering skills, Western New England University’s juris doctor program combines rigorous coursework covering the theory and practical application of the law with extensive experiential opportunities in legal clinics and externships. A variety of concentrations allows individual students to customize their legal education to gain added experience in specific practice areas.

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — NAI Plotkin, a leading commercial real-estate brokerage firm, announced it represented the seller in the sale of 1665 Main St., a 2,010-square-foot commercial building, formerly Hampden Savings Bank, located in downtown Springfield.

The building was constructed in 1918 and has a glass ceiling with an ornate supporting structure, marble walls, and copper entrance. The asset sold for $285,000, although it last assessed for $127,600. Wilfredo Lopez of NAI Plotkin was the listing broker for the property. RLTY Development Springfield LLC secured the property and, as the new owner, plans to complete restoration of the original bank building and open a retail cannabis location. The building is also located directly across the street from the Paramount Theater and one block from the newly renovated Union Station.

The next steps for the new owner will be to gain approval for the retail establishment by the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and the City Council.

“We have had several establishments looking to either lease or buy for a recreational marijuana location in the downtown Springfield area,” Lopez said. “There is a mix of local, national, and even international companies looking to start a cannabis dispensary or cultivation site here in Western Massachusetts utilizing the Opportunity Zone Program. This program has piqued the interest of investors interested in buying property in distressed communities listed in the program. This allows them the opportunity to participate in preferential tax treatment and possibly be able to defer or eliminate their tax on capital gains over time. I have worked with several owners and investors in the Opportunity Zone and have been involved in many conversations regarding these opportunities. I look forward to assisting anyone looking to invest in one of these Opportunity Zones.”

Construction Sections

Work in Progress

American Environmental’s Tom MacQueen

American Environmental’s Tom MacQueen says employees of construction-related companies appreciate having steady work close to home.

With construction on the MGM Springfield casino underway, plenty of local businesses — 40 to 50 over the next six to nine months — will have worked on the project in its first phase. But that’s just the beginning, say city and regional business leaders, who say MGM has forged a number of strategic partnerships to ensure that even more area companies — those in construction, but also providers of myriad other services — benefit from this $900 million effort.

Construction is moving forward on the 14.5-acre MGM Springfield site between Union and State streets and Columbus Avenue and Main Street.

About 70% of the footprint for the garage, casino, hotel, and outdoor space has been cleared, and about 45 local and non-regional companies have been employed during the process.

Work to compact the ground and get it ready for the garage, which will be the first structure built, is taking place now. Demolition is also still occurring in the area where the casino and hotel will be built, and on April 19 the First Spiritualist Church was moved 600 feet from its former home on 33-37 Bliss St. in preparation for placing it on a new foundation.

Brian Packer, MGM’s vice president of construction, told BusinessWest that one building and the rear portion of the State Armory still need to be knocked down. In addition, the rear of two structures, 73 State St. and the Union Chandler Hotel, whose historic front facades will be preserved, also still need to be demolished once the facades are secured and braced.

“We are encouraged by the tremendous progress MGM Springfield has made over the last several months. As we begin the next phase of construction, our outreach efforts will focus on electrical, mechanical, and drywall,” he said. “We anticipate announcing dates for information sessions soon for union companies interested in these jobs. MGM Springfield continues to support the involvement of local businesses — and minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses — and we encourage these companies to participate in the process.”

Eric Nelson, vice president and project executive for Tishman Construction Corp., the general contractor overseeing the MGM build, said a concerted effort has been made to hire as many local subcontractors as possible in keeping with the project labor agreement, and they will continue to hire firms over the next 12 months.

“A significant amount of the work has gone to firms in Springfield and the surrounding communities,” he said.

Local businesses benefiting from the trickle-down effect include American Environmental Inc., a minority-owned Holyoke business which did a significant amount of abatement and some demolition; Ultimate Abatement, a woman-owned firm in Springfield, which received a large contract to do abatement on the former YWCA building; Gagliarducci Construction Inc., which handled site work; and New England Blue Print Paper in Springfield, which has contributed printing and copying services.

Within the next six to nine months, Packer said, 40 to 50 local companies will have worked on the project, and the majority are in Springfield.

Gerry Gagliarducci, owner of Gagliarducci Construction Inc., said he has had a crew on site since last year. The company has done exploratory work for underground utilities, screened excavated materials for reuse on the site, and, most recently, conducted preparations needed to move the church.

“We’ve enjoyed our relationship with MGM and Tishman Construction. This project is a big boost to the local economy and carries down to all areas of business, including fuel for vehicles, lunches, and major expenditures,” he noted, adding that workers with good-paying jobs may buy new automobiles or make other major purchases.

Work for local firms has come about in part because MGM has been reaching out to the business community for several years to initiate strategic partnerships and discussions. They also participate in events such as the annual Western Mass. Business Expo, staged by BusinessWest, and have held informational sessions for contractors, which will continue before substantial work comes up for bid.

Brian Packer

Brian Packer, pictured in front of the First Spiritualist Church during its 600-foot relocation, says MGM expects to reach out soon to local firms for electrical, mechanical, drywall, and other types of work.

Local providers have also benefited. They include Caring Health in Springfield, which won the bid for the drug-testing portion of the contract and has tested every construction employee on the site, as well as Arrow Security Co. Inc., which has provided security services for the property since the construction began.

“The project has definitely been beneficial to us,” said Arrow CEO John DeBarge. “Prior to the recession, 10% of our business was new construction. It went to 0%, and MGM is the first substantial project we’ve obtained, which helps our business and our employees. We’ve hired a number of new employees who are Springfield residents.”

At this point, the abatement and demolition is almost complete, site work is starting, and construction of the framework is expected to begin in the fall.

Outreach Efforts

Jeffrey Ciuffreda, president of the Springfield Regional Chamber, said his organization has an excellent relationship with MGM, and is working closely with the company to make sure local businesses benefit not only during the building process, but once the casino is operational.

He noted that MGM’s agreement with the city of Springfield includes spending $50 million annually on local goods and services after it opens, but said the word ‘local’ is relative, and includes Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.

So far, MGM has carried out its end of the contract and joined with the Springfield Regional Chamber to host two supplier and vendor fairs attended by its former vice president of global procurement, who came from Las Vegas to highlight opportunities for local businesses and provide strategies and insights for doing business with the casino. A vendor fair was also staged in Holyoke in conjunction with the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses doing construction work have to be unionized, but suppliers and service providers do not when the project opens. However, they do have to be registered with the Mass. Gaming Commission.


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Companies hired so far tout the benefits of the project to the regional economy. They include American Environmental Inc., which has done a significant amount of work on the project. It won the first abatement contract, has been working for MGM since last March, and since that time has been awarded a half-dozen additional abatement contracts and an equal number of structural take-down contracts that have included demolishing the former YWCA on Howard Street, which dated back to the 1900s and most recently housed the Western Massachusetts Alcohol Treatment Center; the former St. Joseph Rectory on Howard Street; and the Springfield Rescue Mission on Bliss Street, which relocated to the former Orr Cadillac building on Mill Street, which the casino resort provided in exchange for the mission’s former property.

“It’s been a wonderful foundation project for the entire calendar year,” said Tom MacQueen, American Environmental’s general manager, adding that area employees appreciate having steady work close to home and MGM has done a great job identifying qualified, local contractors.

In addition, American Environmental has been introduced to new contractors on the site and made arrangements to work with them in the future, which is an extra benefit of working on the project.

T&M Equipment Corp. in Springfield is another local company benefiting from the ripple effect. The union-affiliated contractor was hired to do excavation work for the garage and hotel and has been on site for about a month.

“This is great for local companies, and we are excited to work with MGM and be part of history in Springfield,” said Project Manager Taylor Wright. “This site is really large and will not only bring more work to area companies, but will allow more people to be employed from local unions.”

MGM is working to increase union construction workforce opportunities, and has convened a Community Partners Network, which has grown from nine to 21 members. The network holds biweekly meetings to identify ways to recruit diverse populations that meet union requirements and are ready to join a union or a union joint apprenticeship and training committee, and also recruit people who may not meet union requirements and need supportive services and soft-skills training.

MGM has also met with a number of trade unions to share construction timelines, potential partnerships, and other issues pertinent to hiring. They include the Carpenters Union #108; the Painters & Allied Traders Council #35; Ironworkers Local #7; and a bevy of other groups. In addition, a construction diversity task force has been formed.

Outreach continues, and MGM Springfield and Tishman are exploring the possibility of developing an ongoing partnership with Putnam Vocational Academy students interested in joining unions and working on the Springfield job site.

The Springfield Regional Chamber created a list of members for MGM that could do construction-related work, and goals have been established by the Mass. Gaming Commission for doing business with certified minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned companies.

Ciuffreda has also told MGM about local companies that manufacture windows and other supplies that will be needed during construction, and said officials have expressed real interest in them.

900 million project

With the $900 million project only in its early stages, MGM expects to involve many more local workers.

“The door was open early on, and although we can’t offer our members any guarantees, as the construction unfolds we will make sure that MGM’s list continues to be updated,” he told BusinessWest, adding that MGM has divided chamber members into categories and given the list to contractors, who are encouraged to use local suppliers.

“We’ve told our members that MGM is a world-class organization and is big on quality, quantity, and cost,” Ciuffreda noted, adding that some local firms may be too small to be competitive in terms of pricing or unable to produce the large number of items needed.

However, the chamber has filed a grant request with the Gaming Commission that would allow it to provide technical assistance to businesses. Funds will be targeted toward minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned firms that wish to do business with the casino.

MGM’s future needs will be seemingly endless, and goods and services needed will range from security to special hardware, signage, exterminators, alcoholic beverages — the casino has already agreed to work with local craft-beer producers — to food, which Ciuffreda said could be supplied by farmers in the Pioneer Valley. Other non-gaming vendors will include linen suppliers, garbage handlers, and limousine service companies. However, the majority of those firms won’t be hired for more than a year from now, when advertisements and meetings will provide interested businesses with the information they need.

“We are on track for the September 2018 opening and are excited to share in the economic growth,” said Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel for MGM Springfield. “The silver lining is that there is still plenty of time for businesses to ramp up or start with us, and as we get closer to the opening, we will step up our own processes and procedures to formally do outreach with the business community so we can spend the amount of money we have agreed to in our contract.”

Keeping Pace

Ciuffreda said MGM will do well because it is a behemoth with an established history, but its future success will be measured by the impact it has on local companies. At this point, MGM is doing everything it promised, he noted, but the chamber will continue its quest to make sure its members benefit from the spinoff.

For example, the chamber has a 100-page document listing items that MGM Detroit purchases, and Ciuffreda intends to sit down with officials and find out what is procured from national companies and what could be supplied locally to fulfill the $50 million annual agreement as things move forward.

“We won’t leave any rocks unturned,” he told BusinessWest. “The trickle-down effect is not only going to happen, it’s happening right now and will continue to grow.”

Departments Real Estate

The following real estate transactions (latest available) were compiled by Banker & Tradesman and are published as they were received. Only transactions exceeding $115,000 are listed. Buyer and seller fields contain only the first name listed on the deed.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

BERNARDSTON

118 Brattleboro Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Peter S. Melnik
Seller: Bonnie L. Bobetsky
Date: 04/06/15

155 Parmenter Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: Melissa R. Gerry
Seller: Sharon Whitaker
Date: 04/17/15

COLRAIN

1 Lyonsville Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Patrick A. Greenburger
Seller: James E. Sturgeon
Date: 04/08/15

DEERFIELD

10 Beaver Dr.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Elizabeth J. Braccia
Seller: Kathleen S. Stanley
Date: 04/08/15

103 Upper Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Jeffrey J. Benoit
Seller: Edice L. Skalski
Date: 04/15/15

GREENFIELD

5 Adams Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $487,000
Buyer: Jackson Earnest Real Estate
Seller: Bruce H. Schwartz
Date: 04/14/15

324 Federal St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Lorenz Family LLC
Seller: Massachusetts TR
Date: 04/17/15

44 Forest Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $164,500
Buyer: David M. Gaboury
Seller: Aaron M. Gerry
Date: 04/17/15

NORTHFIELD

74 Mount Hermon Station Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $399,000
Buyer: Dylan M. Field
Seller: Daniel S. Randall
Date: 04/10/15

765 Pine Meadow Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Jamie P. Seidell
Seller: Gloria J. Eddy
Date: 04/17/15

21 Riverview Dr.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Gary G. Conaway
Seller: Donna A. Drolette
Date: 04/10/15

ORANGE

200 Mechanic St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: Jayson W. Desmond
Seller: Gary G. Gleason
Date: 04/10/15

191 Packard Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $192,922
Buyer: Citimortgage Inc.
Seller: Lincoln Lacasse
Date: 04/13/15

SHELBURNE

5-7 Grove St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $228,800
Buyer: Elizabeth J. Bukolsky RET
Seller: John L. Occhialini
Date: 04/06/15

WARWICK

155 Royalston Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Michael L. Humphries
Seller: James L. Deming
Date: 04/08/15

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

64 Barney St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Rolandini
Seller: Diane Rolandini
Date: 04/17/15

700 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Corey G. Tower
Seller: Danielle L. Petrangelo
Date: 04/17/15

170 North Westfield St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Nicole A. Hoyle
Seller: Denise L. Mason
Date: 04/16/15

361 Suffield St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Becky Rivera
Seller: Jean A. Clouse
Date: 04/16/15

109 Vassar Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $239,900
Buyer: Jennifer L. Bock
Seller: Sandra E. Barrows
Date: 04/16/15

32 Wilson St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $160,440
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Sandra A. Lynch
Date: 04/08/15

CHICOPEE

63 Arnold Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01119
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Heidi T. Munro
Seller: David J. Makowicz
Date: 04/10/15

69 Arthur St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $204,900
Buyer: Ray Otano
Seller: Gerald R. Archambault
Date: 04/08/15

40 Carriage Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Keith Rattell
Seller: Andrew F. Garstka
Date: 04/15/15

47 Carriage Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Keith Rattell
Seller: Andrew F. Garstka
Date: 04/15/15

192 Lawrence Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Bruce E. Crevier
Seller: Arline L. Cambo
Date: 04/16/15

33 Loomis Ct.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Samantha G. Orzechowski
Seller: David C. Labrie
Date: 04/13/15

95 Lukasik St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Marek Gusciora
Seller: Jason Jordan
Date: 04/08/15

2041 Memorial Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $455,000
Buyer: AQSA 2041 Realty LLC
Seller: Sandri Realty Inc.
Date: 04/06/15

648 Montgomery St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Janet L. Haney
Seller: FHLM
Date: 04/10/15

126 Royal St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $116,833
Buyer: MHFA
Seller: James P. Bonavita
Date: 04/06/15

78 Warwick Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Mark J. Hines
Seller: Michael D. Micheli
Date: 04/17/15

103 Watson St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $184,900
Buyer: Sara Robitaille
Seller: Michael J. Twining
Date: 04/13/15

EAST LONGMEADOW

175 Braeburn Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Roland D. Gelinas
Seller: James M. Adcock
Date: 04/17/15

260 Elm St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Antonio J. Bordoni
Seller: Ida B. Newell
Date: 04/08/15

42 Gates Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Mary K. Thomas
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/10/15

61 North Main St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: LLP North Main LLC
Seller: Barry M. Stephens
Date: 04/17/15

17 Oak Brook Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $253,000
Buyer: Joel R. Kosciak
Seller: Edward W. Brown
Date: 04/14/15

GRANVILLE

195 Hartland Hollow Road
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $222,500
Buyer: Timothy J. Walsh
Seller: Gregory A. Hart
Date: 04/15/15

18 Julia Lane
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: John L. Occhialini
Seller: Duval, Joyce F., (Estate)
Date: 04/10/15

1665 Main Road
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Milton H. Stauffer
Seller: David Krupa
Date: 04/15/15

HAMPDEN

25 Allen St.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $254,000
Buyer: Bean Sprout Realty LLC
Seller: Salvatore A. Scibelli
Date: 04/09/15

HOLYOKE

75 Elmwood Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $134,900
Buyer: Susana E. Navarro
Seller: AHAP LLC
Date: 04/10/15

12 Liberty St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $247,500
Buyer: Elisabeth L. Lagace
Seller: Jill M. Roach
Date: 04/10/15

78 Nonotuck St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: James F. Bickford
Seller: Thomas J. Raschi
Date: 04/17/15

457 Westfield Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $123,000
Buyer: Jessica L. Borowski
Seller: Mayo, Elaine A., (Estate)
Date: 04/10/15

LONGMEADOW

169 Blueberry Hill Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Ryan Collins
Seller: Debra A. Birtwell
Date: 04/15/15

122 Cooley Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $371,000
Buyer: Jennifer P. Metsch
Seller: Barbara A. Labar
Date: 04/17/15

10 Eastham Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $700,000
Buyer: Michael C. Mathis
Seller: NESCAC LLC
Date: 04/14/15

18 Edgemont St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $237,500
Buyer: Daniel P. Fama
Seller: Richard Fernie
Date: 04/09/15

125 Hillcrest Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $408,000
Buyer: Susan L. Schmelkin
Seller: Lee A. Feuling
Date: 04/09/15

183 Meadowbrook Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $212,500
Buyer: Mary E. Scully
Seller: FHLM
Date: 04/16/15

LUDLOW

19 Daisy Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $331,250
Buyer: Yvan P. Lambert
Seller: Elin M. Zapka
Date: 04/07/15

201 Erin Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $270,500
Buyer: Peter J. Godbout
Seller: William J. Bigda
Date: 04/13/15

32 Focosi Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $324,000
Buyer: Dedan M. Karanja
Seller: Sergio Freitas
Date: 04/06/15

28 Fox Run Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Michael J. Tufariello
Seller: Joanne N. Shaw
Date: 04/17/15

23 Lakeview Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $239,900
Buyer: Krysten M. Gasparrini
Seller: Richard E. Dumont
Date: 04/15/15

MONSON

15 Elm St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Kevin Gaudette
Seller: John E. Murphy
Date: 04/15/15

PALMER

2002 Calkins Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Austin Vadnais
Seller: Skove Associates LLC
Date: 04/10/15

15 Gay St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $182,000
Buyer: Christopher B. Muldrew
Seller: Timothy M. Haley
Date: 04/15/15

1051 Overlook Dr.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $179,250
Buyer: Carol A. Meaney
Seller: Pamela Outhuse
Date: 04/10/15

1218 South Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $133,500
Buyer: David Heyes
Seller: Marc A. Bessette
Date: 04/17/15

RUSSELL

481 Blandford Road
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $288,337
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Paul B. Moss
Date: 04/17/15

5 Old Westfield Road
Russell, MA 01034
Amount: $196,772
Buyer: Pennymac Loan TR
Seller: Steven Exware
Date: 04/16/15

4 Park Circle
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $137,500
Buyer: Daniel Albano
Seller: George P. Vincensi
Date: 04/08/15

SPRINGFIELD

62 Bay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Portia J. Thomas
Seller: Icarian Real Estate Advisors
Date: 04/14/15

19 Bedford Road
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Matthew F. Sullivan
Seller: Stella Mazarakos
Date: 04/13/15

77-79 Bristol St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Victoria O. Martinez
Seller: Maria M. Lebron
Date: 04/13/15

40 Bronson Terrace
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Sam M. Steinmann
Seller: Frances Shames
Date: 04/17/15

94-96 Byers St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $152,500
Buyer: Keith W. Fowler
Seller: Russell A. Thompson
Date: 04/07/15

330 Central St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $149,500
Buyer: Carol Y. Arroyo
Seller: Viva Development LLC
Date: 04/10/15

14 Chesterfield Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $153,418
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Julianne McSwain
Date: 04/08/15

344 Commonwealth Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $122,000
Buyer: Debora E. Degonzalez
Seller: Thomas F. Sweeney

41 Connolly St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: David Rosoff
Seller: Falardeau, Robert C., (Estate)
Date: 04/06/15

75 Dimmick St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $118,400
Buyer: William T. Norton
Seller: Eagle Home Buyers LLC
Date: 04/07/15

131 Ellendale Circle
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Midfirst Bank
Seller: Richard C. Mayberry
Date: 04/13/15

38 Endicott St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Karen T. Costa
Seller: Joseph D. Daly
Date: 04/17/15

32 Garcia St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $181,500
Buyer: Brianna L. Jones
Seller: Toby R. Rutkowski
Date: 04/13/15

54 Haller St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: William B. Watkins
Seller: Christopher P. Mastalerz
Date: 04/15/15

57 Hartford Terrace
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $166,000
Buyer: Jeffrey J. Bineault
Seller: Catherine M. Kennedy
Date: 04/13/15

42-44 Longfellow Terrace
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Eryca R. Haase
Seller: Marlene Minardi
Date: 04/17/15

21 Maebeth St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Michael J. Scanlon
Seller: Amy E. Sheehan-Kosciak
Date: 04/14/15

65 Mallowhill Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $131,750
Buyer: Deutsche Bank
Seller: Alejandro Cabrera
Date: 04/08/15

27 Mary St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Aristedes M. Patterson
Seller: Sapphire Property Development
Date: 04/08/15

9 Mattoon St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Keith W. Fowler
Seller: Robert J. Gordon
Date: 04/15/15

323 Naismith St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $257,000
Buyer: Alex Owusu
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 04/16/15

456-458 Page Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $172,360
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Jose V. Narvaez
Date: 04/09/15

655 Page Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $12,000,000
Buyer: CNR Springfield LLC
Seller: PNK Ohio LLC
Date: 04/14/15

590 Plumtree Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $253,000
Buyer: Robert L. Reid
Seller: Louise Bonavita
Date: 04/07/15

244 Russell St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Paul McNaughton
Seller: Sodi Inc.
Date: 04/09/15

148 Santa Barbara St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Norberto Leon
Seller: Truong D. Vuong
Date: 04/14/15

70 Starling Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Jose O. Santiago
Seller: Peter J. Houser
Date: 04/17/15

18 Vail St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $123,000
Buyer: Giuseppe Avella
Seller: Edward J. Nieves
Date: 04/13/15

221 Wollaston St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $187,000
Buyer: Pamela A. Jumba
Seller: Andre E. Stewart
Date: 04/14/15

SOUTHWICK

68 Davis Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Daniel O’Sullivan
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/06/15

113 Feeding Hills Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $116,000
Buyer: A. Karathanasopoulos
Seller: Ida I. Fazio
Date: 04/16/15

8 Kimberly Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Samuel C. Chevalier
Seller: Jeremy J. Cigal
Date: 04/07/15

33 Woodland Ridge
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Rodger C. Bancroft
Seller: FHLM
Date: 04/16/15

9 Woodside Circle
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Jeremy M. Mulinare
Seller: Anthony J. Mulinare
Date: 04/09/15

WALES

17 Orchard Lane
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jesse P. Martin
Seller: Dale V. Gilley
Date: 04/09/15

WEST SPRINGFIELD

161 Birnie Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Douglas W. Pas
Seller: Thomas FT
Date: 04/06/15

30 Capital Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $1,575,000
Buyer: 73 State Street LLC
Seller: 30 Capital Associates LP
Date: 04/16/15

59 Druids Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $142,000
Buyer: Mike Azizov
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/15/15

190 Edgewood Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Beata Grodzicka
Seller: Joseph J. Kroll
Date: 04/07/15

N/A
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: John R. Sweeney
Seller: Joan L. Asinas
Date: 04/10/15

216 Kings Hwy.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Janet I. Malavi-Garrick
Seller: Beata Grodzicka
Date: 04/07/15

30 Lennys Way
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Atif Khan
Seller: Shamin Qureshe
Date: 04/10/15

1520 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Maroun N. Hannoush
Seller: Roderick A. Prewitt
Date: 04/14/15

63-65 Morningside Terrace
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Jake Tourville-Thibault
Seller: Dandy, Susan L., (Estate)
Date: 04/06/15

44 Mulberry St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Merigian Real Estate LLC
Seller: Lion Holdings LLC
Date: 04/15/15

79 Nonotuck Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Joseph P. Turmel
Seller: Matthew J. Hastings
Date: 04/17/15

12 Prospect St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Kristine Difederico
Seller: Joseph A. Tanguay
Date: 04/08/15

7 Riverview Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Ryan M. Martin
Seller: Reed, Barbara J., (Estate)
Date: 04/17/15

41 West School St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $184,000
Buyer: Suk Majhi
Seller: Jennifer M. McNally
Date: 04/17/15

34 Wellfleet Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $256,000
Buyer: Ghaeth Alsamraay
Seller: Glenn H. McAdam
Date: 04/15/15

WESTFIELD

76 Alexander Place
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $306,500
Buyer: Amanda R. Collins
Seller: Nathaniel J. Oswalt
Date: 04/17/15

8 Charles St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Buyer: Artem Vysotskyi
Seller: Yuriy Solokhin
Date: 04/14/15

846 East Mountain Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: Anthony J. Casale
Seller: James Biscoe
Date: 04/17/15

1331 East Mountain Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Joanne L. Drozdowski
Seller: Peter C. Jasinski
Date: 04/10/15

3 Ethan Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $117,347
Buyer: Matthew Scott
Seller: S&C Home Buyers LLC
Date: 04/10/15

80 Glenwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Brendan C. Moran
Seller: Jacobs, Roland A., (Estate)
Date: 04/09/15

739 Holyoke Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $172,000
Buyer: Jesse J. Caisse
Seller: Tadeus J. Filipiak
Date: 04/10/15

42 Jefferson St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $152,900
Buyer: Robert J. Mahoney
Seller: Association For Community
Date: 04/07/15

54 Jeremy Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $438,000
Seller: James J. Sullivan
Date: 04/08/15

89 Mechanic St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $179,550
Buyer: Brandon M. Sanchez
Seller: Gina M. Avery
Date: 04/17/15

229 Montgomery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $156,945
Buyer: Yellowbrick Property LLC
Seller: Emily Bisbee
Date: 04/13/15

551 North Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $25,420,000
Buyer: Armbrook Village Owner
Seller: Armbrook Senior Living
Date: 04/07/15

Northwest Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Angelica Development LLC
Seller: Harbey Fundding TR
Date: 04/10/15

355 Springdale Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Frank Brown
Seller: Nathan M. Lecrenski
Date: 04/10/15

14 Sterling St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: LP 4 LLC
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/10/15

28 Union St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Gennadiy A. Lisitsin
Seller: Lyudmila Lisitsin
Date: 04/14/15

WILBRAHAM

10 Cedar Oak Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Nicholas Dussault
Seller: Lindsey M. Ferreira
Date: 04/10/15

7 Falcon Hts.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $480,000
Buyer: John M. Rossini
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/10/15

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

25 Merrick Circle
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $387,800
Buyer: Melissa E. Giraud
Seller: Kevin Brigham
Date: 04/15/15

55 Pokeberry Ridge
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $329,000
Buyer: Gary S. Toth
Seller: Thomas E. Korson
Date: 04/15/15

6 Teaberry Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Kendall D. Doble
Seller: Patrice D. Whaling
Date: 04/10/15

BELCHERTOWN

837 Federal St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Tammy Ryan
Seller: Susan M. Carlson
Date: 04/17/15

15 Sylvan Circle
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Edward W. Brown
Seller: A. T. Tetrault
Date: 04/14/15

EASTHAMPTON

493 East St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Kristan A. Lagueux
Seller: David G. Nicewicz
Date: 04/15/15

55 Holyoke St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Philip K. Peake
Seller: US Bank
Date: 04/09/15

49 Kenneth Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Abdelaziz Afoulous
Seller: Kristine Furkey
Date: 04/16/15

10 Lawndale St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Wilburn G. Dawson
Seller: Julie A. Pearce
Date: 04/10/15

21 Picard Circle
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $217,500
Buyer: Eleanor J. Holmes
Seller: Gregory W. Payeur
Date: 04/15/15

32 Pine Hill Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $335,000
Seller: Dellaquila, Danielle R., (Estate)
Date: 04/10/15

121 Pleasant St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $900,000
Buyer: Keystone Enterprises LLC
Seller: Sullivan Easthampton Inc.
Date: 04/14/15

GRANBY

115 Amherst St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Aimee Weldon
Seller: Cheryl L. Pitt
Date: 04/17/15

13 Ken Lane
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $115,500
Buyer: Daniel Long
Seller: Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Date: 04/09/15

HADLEY

100 Rocky Hill Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $338,000
Buyer: HL Holdings LLC
Seller: Richard M. Gnatek
Date: 04/15/15

HATFIELD

1 Prospect Ct
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $299,000
Buyer: Ellen Miller
Seller: Aaron Carpenter
Date: 04/17/15

NORTHAMPTON

227 Bridge St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: R2R LLC
Seller: JJS Capital Investment
Date: 04/16/15

40 Forest Glen Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Annika S. Amstutz
Seller: Marchessault, M. K., (Estate)
Date: 04/15/15

27 Langworthy Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Rosemund LLC
Seller: Taylor, Phoebe S., (Estate)
Date: 04/06/15

3 Laurel St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Alan B. Weiner
Seller: Transformations Inc.
Date: 04/16/15

16 Mann Terrace
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Rainbow Properties LLC
Seller: Thomas L. Callaghan
Date: 04/09/15

21 North Main St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: All North LLC
Seller: Timothy E. Shea TR
Date: 04/16/15

35 Walnut St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $297,500
Buyer: Brianna E. Hermanson
Seller: Jason E. Larose
Date: 04/17/15

15 Willow St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Colleen A. Teti
Seller: Susan E. Ferron RET
Date: 04/09/15

PLAINFIELD

41 Lincoln St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Constance Leto TR
Seller: Yvonne R. Boucher
Date: 04/15/15

SOUTH HADLEY

6 Apple Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $369,000
Buyer: Maggie Cousineau
Seller: Adam & Eve Construction LLC
Date: 04/16/15

137 Brainerd St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Jennifer Quinn
Seller: George A. Polizou
Date: 04/10/15

12 Briar Spring Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $525,000
Buyer: Shane L. Kouflie
Seller: James McNulty
Date: 04/09/15

38 East Red Bridge Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $415,000
Buyer: M. K. Harwood
Seller: William F. Nelson
Date: 04/07/15

20 Los Angeles St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $147,000
Buyer: Kristie Larosa
Seller: Gelineau, Roger A., (Estate)
Date: 04/10/15

9 Marcel St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Jennifer M. Vannoy
Seller: Joann L. Jordan
Date: 04/06/15

46 Richview Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: James M. McNulty
Seller: Gary G. Jodoin
Date: 04/09/15

SOUTHAMPTON

34 Coleman Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: David Kent
Seller: US Bank
Date: 04/10/15

WILLIAMSBURG

46 Hyde Hill Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $411,394
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: John P. Slowik
Date: 04/08/15

Sections Supplements
A list of exhibitors taking part on May 5

Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding

(413) 536-5955

160 Old Lyman Road

South Hadley, MA 01075

www.1800newroof.net

Booths: 25 & 26

Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield Inc.

(413) 787-1555

1441 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.myonlinechamber.com

Booth: 74

After Hours DJ & AV Rental

(413) 562-2632

1310 Russell Road

Westfield, MA 01085

www.afterhoursdj.net

Booths: 43 & 44

American Convention Services

(413) 739-6811

Springfield, MA 01104

www.americanconventionservice.net

Booth: 31

An African American Point of View

(413) 796-1500

688 Boston Road, Suite B

Springfield, MA 01119

www.afampointofview.com

Booth: 84

Answer Is Fitness

(888) 270-3640

1739 Allen St.

Springfield, MA 01118

www.answerisfitness.com

Booths: 68 & 69

Bay Path College

(800) 782-7284

588 Longmeadow St.

Longmeadow, MA 01106

www.baypath.edu

Booth: 189

Bert Hill Moving and Storage

(413) 485-0050

978 Southampton Road

Westfield, MA 01085

www.berthill.com

Booth: 114

BusinessWest & The Healthcare News

(413) 781-8600

1441 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.businesswest.com

Booth: 54

Career Point

(413) 532-4900

850 High St.

Holyoke, MA 01040

www.careerpointma.org

Booth: 138

Catuogno Court Reporting and Sten-Tel Transcription

(413) 746-8100

One Monarch Place, 1414 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01144

www.catuogno.cc

Booth: 50

Chicopee Savings Bank

(800) 662-0974

70 Center St.

Chicopee, MA 01014

www.chicopeesavings.com

Booth: 99

Clear Channel Radio

Phone (413) 781-1011

1331 Main St., Suite 400

Springfield, MA 01103

www.mix931.com

Booth: 56

Comcast Business Services

(413) 730-4540

3303 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01107-1111

www.comcast.com/business

Booth: 34

Constellation New Energy

(617) 772-7500

116 Huntington Avenue, Suite 700

Boston, MA 02116

www.newenergy.com

Booth: 102

Country Bank

(413) 967-6221

75 Main St.

Ware, MA 01082

www.countrybank.com

Booth: 92

Crestview Country Club

(413) 786-2593

Shoemaker Lane

Agawam, MA 01001

www.crestviewcc.org

Booth: 42

DiGrigoli Salons

(413) 827-8888

1578 Riverdale St.

West Springfield, MA 01089

www.digrigoli.com

Booths: 195 & 196

Eastfield Mall

(413) 543-8000

1655 Boston Road, Unit A11

Springfield, MA 01129

www.eastfieldmall.com

Booth: 192

EDC of Western Mass.

(413) 593-6421

1441 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.westernmassedc.com

Booth: 73

Elms College

(413) 594-2761

291 Springfield St.

Chicopee, MA 01013

www.elms.edu

Booth: 110

Fandotech

(866) 514-4415

78 Interstate Dr.

West Springfield, MA 01089

www.fandotech.com

Booth: 115

Fasttrack Airport Parking

(800) 590-6789

24 Ella Grasso Turnpike

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

www.avistarparking.com/fasttrack

Booth: 27

Forest Park Zoo

(413) 733-2251

302 Sumner Ave.

Springfield, MA 01138

www.forestparkzoo.org

Booth: 194

Freedom Credit Union

(413) 739-6961

P.O. Box 3009

Springfield, MA 01101

www.freedomcoop.com

Booth: 199

FutureWorks

(413) 858-2800

1 Federal St., Building 103-3

Springfield, MA 01105

www.getajob.cc

Booth: 72

Get Set Marketing, LLC

Phone (413) 781-7800

125 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01105

Booth: 65

Hampton Inn & Days Inn

Phone (413) 593-1500

600 Memorial Dr.

Chicopee, MA 01105

www.chicopee.hamptoninn.com

Booth: 131

Harrington Insurance Agency Inc.

(508) 219-0209

www.harringtonsaves.com

Booth: 190

Health New England

(413) 233-3178

One Monarch Place, Suite 1500

Springfield, MA 01144

www.healthnewengland.com

Booths: 90 & 100

H.L. Dempsey Co.

(413) 736-8742

103 Baldwin St.

West Springfield, MA 01089

www.hldempsey.com

Booths: 35 & 45

Holyoke Community College

(413) 538-7000

303 Homestead Ave.

Holyoke, MA 01040

www.hcc.edu

Booth: 60

Holyoke Gas & Electric Department

(413) 536-9463

One Canal St.

Holyoke, MA 01040

www.hged.com

Booths: 197 & 198

H&R Block

www.hrblock.com

Booth: 86

La Voz Hispana Newspaper

(203) 865-2272

51 Elm St., Suite 307

New Haven, CT 06510

www.lavozhispanact.com

Booth: 63

Landmark at Monastery Heights

(413) 781-1282

110 Monastery Ave.

West Springfield, MA 01089

www.landmarkseniorliving.com

Booth: 96

Liberty Mutual Insurance

(413) 567-2000

175 Dwight Road

Longmeadow, MA 01106

www.libertymutual.com

Booth: 98

Lincoln Culinary Institute

(866) 672-4337

1760 Mapleton Ave.

Suffield, CT 06078

www.lincolnedu.com/schools/lincoln-culinary-institute

Booth: 180

MacDuffie School

(413) 734-4971

One Ames Hill Dr.

Springfield, MA 01105

www.macduffie.org

Booth: 61

n Mary Kay Cosmetics

(413) 530-1786

www.www.marykay.com/jmcnulty8

Booth: 137

MassLive, LLC

(413) 733-2000

32 Hampden St., 4th Floor

Springfield, MA 01103

www.masslive.com

Booths: 70 & 80

MassMutual Center

(413) 787-6610

1277 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.massmutualcenter.com

Booth: 91

McIntire Business Products

(800) 847-2463

128K Hall St.

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

www.mbp-inc.com

Booth: 17

Mercy Medical Center Bloodmobile

Phone (413) 748-9000

271 Carew St.

Springfield, MA 01104

www.mercycares.com

Booths: 175-179

Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

(413) 536-8510

330 Whitney Ave., Suite 800

Holyoke, MA 01040

www.meyerskalicka.com

Booth: 30

MJ Norton Security Inc.

(888) 734-0707

318 Griffith Road

Chicopee, MA 01022

www.mjnortonsecurity.com

Booth: 132

Moriarty & Primack, P.C.

(413) 739-1800

1414 Main St., Suite 1300

Springfield, MA 01144

www.mass-cpa.com

Booth: 95

NECS

(800) 321-NECS

www.necs.biz

Booth: 183

New England Financial Group

(860) 521-2250

17 North Main St.

West Hartford, CT 06107

www.nefghartford.com

Booth: 83

New England Tractor Trailer Training School

(800) 243-3544

32 Field Road

Somers, CT 06071

www.nettts.com

Booth: 184

Northeast Security Solutions Inc.

(413) 733-7306

33 Sylvan St.

West Springfield, MA 01089

www.northeastsecuritysolutions.com

Booth: 82

Peter Pan Bus Lines

(800) 343-9999

P.O. Box 1776

Springfield, MA 01102

www.peterpanbus.com

Booths: 75 & 76

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

(413) 781-6045

60 Congress St., Floor 1

Springfield, MA 01104

www.pvpc.org

Booth: 133

Porter & Chester Institute

(413) 593-3339

134 Dulong Circle

Chicopee, MA 01022

www.porterchester.com

Booth: 3

ProShred Security

(413) 596-5479

75 Post Office Park

Wilbraham, MA 01095

www.proshred.com

Booth: 140

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

(413) 755-1357

1441 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.rebhc.org

Booth: 103

Reminder Publications

(413) 525-3247

280 North Main St., Suite 1

East Longmeadow, MA 01028

www.thereminder.com

Booth: 207

The Republican

(413) 788-1000

1860 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.masslive.com

Booth: 81

ResaVue Exhibits

(860) 627-6399

10 Stran Road

Milford, CT 06460

www.resavue.com

Booth: 1

Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School

(413) 787-7424

1300 State St.

Springfield, MA 01109

www.sps.springfield.ma.us

Booths: 200 & 201

Roger Sitterly & Son, Inc.

(800) 533-1171

P.O. Box 2530

Springfield, MA 01101

www.sitterlymovers.com

Booth: 87

Royal & Klimczuk, LLC

(413) 586-2288

1350 Main St., 4th Floor

Springfield, MA 01103

www.rkesq.com

Booth: 89

RRD Technologies

(413) 786-5255

80 Ramah Circle South

Agawam, MA 01001

www.rrd-tech.com

Booth: 185

Sage Engineering and Contracting Inc.

(413) 562-4884

199 Servistar Industrial Way, Suite 2

Westfield, MA 01085

www.sage-llc.com

Booth: 135

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel

(413) 781-1010

One Monarch Place

Springfield, MA 01144

www.sheraton.com/springfieldma

Booth: 160

S.J. Services Inc.

(800) 281-1665

52 Robbins Road

Springfield, MA 01104

www.sj-services.com

Booth: 94

Spirit of Springfield

(413) 733-3800

101 State St., Suite 220

Springfield, MA 01103

www.spiritofspringfield.org

Booth: 40

Springfield Armor

(413) 746-3263

One Monarch Place, Suite 220

Springfield, MA 01144

www.nba.com/dleague/springfield

Booth: 62

Springfield Business Improvement District

(413) 781-1591

1441 Main St., 1st Floor

Springfield, MA 01103

www.springfielddowntown.com

Booth: 191

Springfield College

(413) 748-3000

263 Alden St.

Springfield, MA 01109

www.springfieldcollege.edu

Booth: 101

Springfield Falcons Hockey Club

(413) 739-3344

45 Falcons Way

Springfield, MA 01103

www.falconsahl.com

Booth: 125

STCU Credit Union

(413) 732-9812

145 Industry Ave.

Springfield, MA 01104

www.stcu.com

Booth: 67

Steve Lewis Subaru

(413) 584-3292

48 Damon Road

Northampton, MA 01060

www.stevelewissubaru.com

Booths: 38 & 39, 48 & 49

TD Bank

(413) 748-8231

1441 Main Street

Springfield, MA 01103

www.tdbank.com

Booth: 85

United Personnel

(413) 736-0800

1331 Main St., Suite 100

Springfield, MA 01103

www.unitedpersonnel.com

Booth: 64

Univision-TV 43

(860) 278-1818

One Constitution Plaza, 7th Floor

Hartford, CT 06103

www.wuvntv.com

Booths: 32 & 33

Valley Communications Systems Inc.

(413) 592-4136

20 First Ave.

Chicopee, MA 01020

www.valleycommunications.com

Booths: 187 & 188

Verizon

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www.verizon.com

Booth: 55

Western Mass Wellness, LLC

(413) 732-9355

West Springfield, MA 01089

www.westernmasswellness.com

Booth: 53

Western New England College

(413) 782-3111

1215 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA 01119

www.wnec.edu

Booth: 71

Westfield State College

(413) 572-8020

577 Western Ave.

Westfield, MA 01086

www.wsc.ma.edu

Booth: 105

Westover Job Corps

(413) 593-4000

103 Johnson Road

Chicopee, MA 01022

www.westoverjobcorps.com

Booth: 2

WFCR 88.5 FM & WNNZ 640 AM Public Radio

Phone (413) 577-0779

Hampshire House, UMass

131 County Circle

Amherst, MA 01003-9257

www.wfcr.org

Booth: 104

WGBY

(413) 781-2801

44 Hampden St.

Springfield, MA 01103

www.wgby.org

Booth: 93

Whalley Computer Associates

(413) 569-4200

One Whalley Way

Southwick, MA 01077

www.wca.com

Booth: 15

Wilbraham & Monson Academy

(413) 596-6811

423 Main St.

Wilbraham, MA 01095

www.wmacademy.org

Booths: 57 & 58

WMAS 94.7 FM & ESPN 1450 AM

(413) 737-1414

1000 West Columbus Ave.

Springfield, MA 01105

www.947wmas.com

www.espnspringfield.com

Booth: 14

Zasco Productions, LLC

(800) 827-6616

340 McKinstry Ave., Suite 400

Chicopee, MA 01013

www.zascoproductions.com

Booths: 202 & 203