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The how and the why are often hard to peg, but Mass MoCA has spurred a rebirth in North Adams that is undeniable, if not always quantifiable. The fact of the matter is that, after years of economic strife and waning confidence, the old mill town in the Berkshires is entering a new age through the power of new art.

Mayor John Barrett III has led North Adams, the Commonwealth’s smallest city, for 23 years, and he knows the drill: when any community begins to show signs of new life, people want to see the proof of how and why in black and white.

And when it comes to arts and culture as an economic driver, the trend nationwide is to essentially prove a cultural venture’s worth through exhaustive studies, charting new dollars that a given entity brings into a community.

Those dollars are measured and classified in myriad ways, placed into columns with titles like ‘direct,’ ‘indirect, and ‘induced.’ Taxes are scrutinized, new business catalogued, housing trends tracked, and numbers of visitors tallied, all in the name of bringing some weight to the notion of art as a tool for struggling communities.
Barrett says he’s seen it all, and he doesn’t need those stacks of reports that typically cover his desk.

“The attention is wonderful, but I don’t need studies to tell me what’s happening here is working,” he said. “You can see it in the people. They’re … happy.”

What’s happening in North Adams is a ongoing rebirth, brought on primarily by the creation and building success of its cultural juggernaut, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, most often referred to as Mass MoCA.

The museum, dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms – visual, music, dance, and film among them – opened its doors to the public in 1999, a decade after the state Legislature announced its support for the project. The economic health of the Commonwealth, or lack thereof, during that decade threatened Mass MoCA’s creation more than once, and community-based and private-sector contributions totaling more than $15 million for construction and programming were integral to the ambitious development plan that amounted to $31.4 million (state grants took care of the rest).

Today, Mass MoCA is the largest center for contemporary visual and performance art in the country, including about 600,000-square-feet of developable space and providing office and loft space for a number of diverse businesses on its campus as well. Its executive director, Joseph Thompson, has been at his post since 1987, before he even had a museum to lead, and today oversees the creation of intriguing exhibits and events that herald the changes afoot. Sometimes, it’s a Latin dance party in the facility’s courtyard that pulsates into the evening. Other times, it’s a piece of art like Dave Cole’s ‘knitting machine,’ which enlisted the help of cranes to create a massive American flag, weaving patriotism and history with the undeniable proof that there’s a new mill in town.

“There are enough interesting things happening here to keep people engaged,” said Thompson. “I’d say every few months, something strange is going to happen.”

That alone has attracted attention to the complex and its goings-on, but with a significant turnaround being seen and felt in its host city, the economic effects of Mass MoCA are also being studied closely.

As Barrett points out, many of the improvements in the city are hard to quantify, but all can be documented, and at the top of the list is that sense of well-being within North Adams.

“It’s an exciting time,” said Barrett, “and it’s all about creating an atmosphere, which in and of itself is hard to trace. But there was a time when businesses didn’t even want to attach the name of the city to their company, because they were ashamed.

“Now,” he said simply, “they’re not.”

Art, History

The site where Mass MoCA now stands has been an economic force in Western Mass. for more than 200 years, though prior to the museum’s development it threatened to become a massive black hole in the northern Berkshires. The 13-acre, 26-building complex occupies nearly a third of the city’s downtown business district, and has a rich history that dates back to the Revolutionary War. However, it also has a history of prosperous rises and dramatic falls, and when plans for the new venture began, it was that mercurial uncertainty that Barrett and others hoped to avoid.

Throughout the past four centuries, the site has served as home to a shoe manufacturer, a saw mill, a sleigh maker, a brick yard, a marble works, and an iron works that forged armor plates for the Civil War ship Monitor, among many other businesses.

Its history is highlighted in particular by three industrial periods: from 1860 to 1942, when Arnold Print Works dominated the complex and employed upwards of 3,200 people at its peak; from 1942 to 1985, when the Sprague Electric Company operated a booming electronics plant, and from 1986 to today, the developmental and early operational years of Mass MoCA.

Thompson said natural downturns in the economy were usually the culprit as the mill buildings’ many residents came and went, and said as preliminary ideas for a contemporary arts center were discussed, the downtown landmark was presented early on as a potential site.

“The building was really the genesis of the idea,” Thompson said. “It was space that could hold some really great art that was looking for a home – new art, and also complicated installations that require space.

“Plus, the complete lack of activity in the downtown business district cast a shadow across all of Berkshire County,” he continued. “There was a great need for the town to redevelop itself, and there was more than enough space here.”

Several cities and towns in the region are well-acquainted with economic rise and fall, as major manufacturing mills brought boom years in their heydays, and later brought dark times as they downsized and closed.

As North Adams settles into its new identity as a small city in the midst of a rebirth, many similar communities are turning their attention to the reasons why, and hoping to spur a similar outcome for themselves.

“Any New England town that tied its fate to one company was, or is, in trouble, and looking for a magic bullet,” Thompson said, cautioning quickly that Mass MoCA is not such a quick fix, but rather succeeds through diversity, which in turn guards against history repeating itself. Over time, he said, the museum will prove to be a symbol and a starting point for North Adams, rather than a crutch.

“This is not a magic bullet – the museum itself only employs 58 people,” he said, going on to note that as a relatively young non-profit, Mass MoCA isn’t without its challenges. The museum’s budget hasn’t changed significantly since its first year in business, hovering around $5 million. As utility and insurance costs have risen, Thompson said, the complex has reduced programming to help close the gap, and is only now in the very early stages of planning an endowment-building campaign to augment the capital raised from the leasing of the property’s commercial space.

“But, ours is a story of diversification,” he said. “We’re a museum and a performing arts venue. We’re home to many mid-sized and small businesses, we’ve developed new commercial real estate and a new destination within North Adams, and we’ve also tried to be careful not to promise too much. Museums are fragile by nature; we’re getting stronger, but we still have a long way to go.”

A Study in Pen and Ink

Still, conversations regarding Mass MoCA’s successes to date continue. Locally, the Center for Creative Community Development (C3D), a joint project of Mass MoCA and Williams College made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation, has completed several lengthy studies of art centers and museums and their effects on the economy, including Dia:Beacon in Beacon, N.Y., Swamp Gravy in Colquitt, Ga., and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn.

C3D’s study of its home base at Mass MoCA found that among other positives, the museum attracts about 95,000 additional visitors to North Adams each year and spurred an estimated $9.4 million boost to the local economy in 2002, according to the most recent U.S. Census data. The report also states that tourism-dependent industries including restaurants, hotels, and retail have seen increases in business, as have service-based ventures that receive steady business from the museum, such as commercial printers and computer repair and networking providers.

In short, C3D concluded that Mass MoCA had made the city of North Adams a more desirable place to live, work, and visit through a number of channels, and even the data-heavy report concedes that the reasons why are not always easily identifiable.

“Even in cases where the community and the cultural arts organization work in collaboration, and where the project is a success, there has been an absence of tools for collecting and analyzing data and articulating its meaning,” the report states.

For Barrett, the belief that Mass MoCA is the origin of much of North Adams’ success is unwavering.

“Mass MoCA has become the poster child for the creative economy and the impact the arts can have on a community,” Barrett said. “It’s been a catalyst for growth for seven years, and it hasn’t even come close to reaching its full potential.”

Still, that belief can be bolstered by what numbers are gleaned from studies like that of the C3D.

Specifically, some of the most promising growth has been in areas the city has been struggling to improve for many years, such as the entertainment sector. The museum has led to new growth in this realm in the form of eight new cinemas and a planned renovation of the historic Mohawk Theatre downtown, which Barrett believes will lead to a ripple effect in the hospitality and retail climate downtown.

The city’s housing market on both sales and rental levels is also gaining speed, and the C3D report backs that claim, noting that housing values have improved city-wide and properties nearest to Mass MoCA have increased in value the most, by about $11,000 on average.

“We’re seeing condos being created out of apartment space and greater housing developments in the downtown area, including a use of previously vacant space,” Barrett said. “That’s something we’ve been trying to do for years.”

Further, the study estimates that Mass MoCA has increased the community’s assets by about $14 million and by about the same in new business activity, though Thompson argued that figure could be even higher.

“I argue that’s about $6 million short,” said Thompson. “It’s short because it doesn’t take into account the businesses that are located here, 14 of them, which employ about 320 people.”

Those businesses include a film special-effects producer, two major law firms, two restaurants, a publisher, a photography studio, and the corporate offices of the Steeple Cats minor league baseball team, and speak to the diversity that Thompson believes is the crux of Mass MoCA’s multi-faceted success.

Abstract Interpretations

“The most interesting effects are still those that are hard to identify,” said Thompson, returning to the common theme. “Downtown was at 25% capacity before we opened, and now it’s at 75%. That’s undeniable, but if you take the analysis one step further to look at how those businesses have changed downtown, it’s harder to articulate, yet it suggests that North Adams still has a developing economy, which is something the hard numbers don’t show.”

Thompson noted other positive signs in the city, among them a decrease in unemployment rates and a softening of the once-defined lines between North Adams and other Berkshire communities.

“North Adams was once on the top of many a ‘worst’ list,” said Thompson, “but we’re not on the top of those anymore. There also used to be some major lines of demarcation between North Adams and other towns, like Williamstown, but those and that ‘town and gown’ separation between commerce and academia are also modulating. Overall, there’s a much healthier flow of ideas and capital. All of that is hard to pin down, but those improvements are also the goal at the end of the day.”

He mused that North Adams’ return to health is also having a positive impact on the region as a whole, equalizing tourism business across the northern communities as well as the historically robust southern Berkshire towns, such as Lenox.

“For years the power of the Berkshires was highly concentrated in the south,” said Thompson, “and now, Berkshire County is in a position to market itself like Napa Valley, the Hamptons, or Santa Fe, with respect to its mix of natural and cultural attractions. Mass MoCA has definitely helped position the Northern Berkshires in that constellation.”

In closing, Thompson said Mass MoCA’s effect on North Adams has added significant weight to the cultural economy model, and as the museum grows and commercial and developable space continues to garner interest, the location will only increase in value.

“In creating an invigorating, interesting atmosphere, a dose of creativity is valuable,” he said, “and also an important part of the financial picture.”

Framework for Success

Barrett echoed those sentiments, but when referring to the city he’s led for nearly a quarter of a century, the mayor is wont to add a little chutzpah to the equation.
“Overall, the climate and attitude in North Adams continue to improve,” he said.

“This city has been beaten up for years and years. But now, we’re fighting back.”

Jaclyn Stevenson can be reached at[email protected]


The following building permits were issued during the month of September 2006.


Amherst Associates
378-384 Northampton Road
$9,900 — Remove and replace decks

Green Tree Family LTD Partnership
797 Main St.
$13,500 — Replace roof

Hampshire College
893 West St (Building C, Prescott House)
$133,750 — Replace exterior
envelope and water damaged walls

Hampshire College
893 West St. (Emily Dickinson Hall)
$53,998 — Re-side building and
install new roof

Johnson Chapel (Amherst College)
11 Quadrangle
$15,491 — Renovations

Perry Apartments
85 Amity St.
$6,500 — Roof repairs


Riverbend Medical Group
444 Montgomery St.
$131,100 – Erect partitions to create
offices and examination rooms

Valley Opportunity Council
198-200 N. Chicopee St.
$13,532 – Install vinyl siding

East Longmeadow

Benton Professional Partners
265 Benton Dr.
$2,762,192 — New Construction

East Longmeadow Center Village
32-48 Center Square
$1,622,304 — Construct new building

Premier Source Credit Union
232 North Main St.
$1,440,000 — New Construction


Chamisa Corporation
31 Campus Plaza Road
780-square-foot addition

Pro Con Inc.
423-425 Russell St.
In-ground hotel pool

Town of Hadley
131 Russell St. (Hopkins Academy)
Installation of cooling units


Holyoke Revolver Club Inc.
431 West Cherry St.
$7,000 — Construct new pavilion

Holyoke Mall Company,
L.P. C/o Pyramid
50 Holyoke St.
$55,000 — Remodel existing store

Holyoke Mall Company, L.P. C/o Pyramid
50 Holyoke St.
$17,500 — Demolish existing store

Holyoke Medical Center
575 Beech St. (South Building)
$83,939 — Second Floor renovations

Ralph Thompson C/o Acorn Properties
245 Cabot St.
$55,000 — Install new roof

Sisters of Providence
1233 Main St.
$30,000 — Construct temporary entrance

Sisters of Providence
1233 Main St.
$30,000 — Construct temporary loading dock

Sisters of Providence
1233 Main St.
$30,000 — Construct temporary egress


Steibel Properties Inc.
155 Nonotuck St.
$1,598,700 — Construct 10-unit
apartment building


Paul Chaves
146 East St.
$4,000 — Commercial alterations

John P. DaCruz
119 Winsor St.
$10,000 — Commercial alterations

Town of Ludlow-Ludlow Public
High School
500Chapin St.
$3,200 — Repair roof


Chamisa Corporation
31 Main Street
$4,500 — Install drywall and
new suspension ceiling

City of Northampton
100 Bridge Road
$93,500 — Installation of photovoltaic
array and associated mounting hardware

Pumpkin Hollow Farm Inc.
102 Main Street
$21,600 — Remodel storefront &
relocate ATM

Seven Bravo Two, LLC
152 Cross Path Rd (160 Old Ferry Rd)
$192,000.00 — Construct 2-unit
storage hanger

Smith College
126 West Street
$300,000 — Remove existing coal
handling equipment

Smith College
36 Bedford Terrace
$5,000 — Interior demolition

Thorne’s Marketplace, LLC
150 Main Street
$8,000 — Construct partition to
second-floor offices

South Hadley

Mt. Holyoke College
7-9 Bridgeman St.
$2,200 — Roof repairs
3 Stanton Ave.
$1,950 — Roof repairs

Red Cliff Canoe
Canal St.
$7,900 — New roof


Southwick Town Library
Feeding Hills Road
$3,375 — Replace windows


American International College
963-983 State St. (Pouch Hall)
$25,000 — Replace columns & balustrade

FPS Inc.
400 Cooley St.
$340,000 — Construction of
new restaurant

Pioneer Valley Nephro
300 Stafford St., Suite 161
$85,000 — Interior office renovations

West Springfield

Pearson’s Property Management
Park St.
$6,200 – Interior renovations to
office space

West Springfield Housing Authority
37 Oxford Place
$285,000 — Replace windows


The following building permits were issued during the month of August 2006.


Chicopee Savings Bank
95 Cabot St.
$33,500 – Demolish building

Chicopee Savings Bank
103 Cabot St.
$33,500 – Demolish building

McDonald’s Corp.
1460 Memorial Drive
$650,000 – Build fast-food restaurant with drive-up window and interior dining

Oxford Investment LLC
711 East Main St.
$998,700 – Build addition for commercial building used for storage and assembly of industrial lasers


Clarke School for the Deaf
46 Round Hill Road
$50,000 — Conversion of childcare area to dorms

The Coca Cola Company
45 Industrial Drive
$5,100,000 — Construct 9,140-square-foot addition

Florence Savings Bank
176 King Street
$2,500 — Replace small section of siding

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Inc.
30 Locust Street
$26,500 — Build out new exam room, office, and reception waiting area

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Inc.
30 Locust Street
$395,00.00 — Construction of wood-fired heating plant

Kollmorgen Corporation
347 King Street
$171,500 — Re-roofing w/PVC

Kollmorgen Corporation
374 King Street
$65,000 — Reinforce steel columns



Roman Cathlic Bishop
1023 Parker St.
$488,200 — Roof repairs

Kayrouz Realty
685 Sumner Ave.
$500,000 — Demolish fuel island, replace fueling pipes, erect new canopy

American International College
963-983 State St. (Magna Hall)
$20,000 — Replace concrete steps

West Springfield

Waterworks Care Wash Inc.
d/b/a Friendly Car Wash
61 Franklin St.
$10,000 — Demolish brick structure

Theory Properties
306 Westfield St.
$25,000 — Renovations to retail store

Dick’s Sporting Goods
1081 Riverdale St.
$40,000 — Renovations to stockroom

Peter Soule
184 Union St.
$40,000 — Addition to commercial building


Westfield Pike North, LLC
184 Southampton Road
$90,000 — New construction-United Bank

Westfield Bank
98 Southwick Road
$31,900 — Construct new ATM

Sections Supplements
Once Boarded-up and Abandoned, the Stately Temple House Has Been Resurrected
Attorney Raipher Pellegrino

Attorney Raipher Pellegrino in front of his new offices at 265 State St.

At first, attorney Raipher Pellegrino wasn’t thrilled with the pale green paint suggested for his main conference room.

Wrinkling his nose at the memory of the bright paint sample, he said that though he knew the color was an historically accurate example of shades used in the 1800s, when the Stately Temple House – the building that now serves as his local offices – was built, he just didn’t see it working.

“Turns out I was wrong,” he said, glancing around the recently completed conference room, with its striking green walls. “Once the color went up, I knew authentic colors were the way to go … they pull all of the rooms together and creates a flow that I don’t think we would have otherwise.”

That’s an effect he’d also like to see extend to other buildings in the area, too. Located at 265 State Street just across from the new federal courthouse, currently under construction, the Stately Temple House was purchased by Pellegrino in 2002, and, after months of renovation, celebrated its grand opening as the law offices of Denner Pellegrino LLP last month. The location now serves as one of four Denner Pellegrino offices, following the merger of Pellegrino’s firm with the Boston-based Denner Associates earlier this year.

The property was also recently honored with the Preservation Trust Award for restoration of an historic structure by the Springfield Preservation Trust, a member of Preservation Coalition of Massachusetts. The award is proof of the historic standards that were adhered to during renovation of the building and its accompanying carriage house, but it also underscores the resurrection of a property that had been written off by most.

A Vestige of the Past

The property (which straddles both State and Temple streets) has a rich history, but of late was best known as one of Springfield’s most dangerous eyesores.

The home was construcuted over a period of several years, with its first section completed in 1883. An addition was constructed in 1898. The carriage house at the rear of the property was also built during this time, and later in the 1900s, a final rear section of the main house was added. Its pre-Victorian style is similar to several other buildings in the Lower Maple Historic District where it’s located, featuring Ionic columns and tympanums (architectural panels), all of which were preserved during the recent renovation.

The 22-room house was used as a residence until the 1940s, when it was converted briefly into a theater and later used for offices. Similarly, the carriage house – one of only a handful still standing in Springfield – was used by the Wesmas Candy Corp. for candy making and packaging in the 1940s, and as an office building as well.

Until recently, however, both buildings sat vacant for years, serving as little more than magnets for crime. Pellegrino said he saw potential in the buildings due in part to their proximity to other historic structures in the city, including the Quadrangle, but added that, similar to the span of years in which the Stately Temple House was built, its rebirth also took a winding road.

Nailing it Down

He said he placed his first bid on the property in 1999, and was actually the only bidder when the deadline for requests for proposals was reached.

“But we had originally planned to tear down the carriage house for parking,” Pellegrino explained, noting that the idea didn’t jibe with the Planning Board and Historical Commission, which wanted the carriage house preserved and, ultimately, restored.

He said the property was returned to the market, and went out to bid again two years later, at which time he was again the only bidder. He purchased the front home and carriage house for $10,000, and in 2004 began major renovation projects on the two buildings.

Both were in a serious state of disrepair. The roof, second floor, and back wall of the carriage house had almost completely caved in due to neglect, and walls and flooring in the main house were damaged in all of its rooms. In addition, nearly all of the house’s mantles, wood paneling, and plumbing fixtures had been stolen.

Pellegrino explained that renovations included rerouting of all electrical wiring; rebuilds of several walls and ceilings; installation of walkways, fencing, parking areas, and a patio; rehabilitation of hardwood floors; construction of five new bathrooms and three new kitchens; landscaping, and the creation of handicapped-accessible entrances, as well as extensive shingling, beam replacement, and door and window replacement.

Rooms were also restored using standards of the ‘gilded age’ of the late 1800s, including those authentic colors – lilacs, yellows, and greens in particular – which were new offerings at the time due to the advent of blue pigments, and often featured in the homes of the wealthy.

A $25,000 community development block grant helped defray some of the costs of environmental clean-up, Pellegrino said, but the bulk of the improvements made to the property were privately financed; he would say only that the monetary investment was “substantial.”

“But I see it primarily as an investment back into the community,” he said. “No one wanted this property when it was falling apart and there was no federal courthouse being erected across the street, but this entire neighborhood has some amazing properties that would sell for millions in Boston, and we’ve just shown what can become of them.”

Indeed, the Springfield Preservation Trust was quick to recognize the renovation. Founded in 1972 by a group of homeowners living in the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District, the trust works to preserve the city’s historic districts and historically significant buildings through education and advocacy, honoring restorative projects and hosting several tours of historic homes each year.  The award given to the Stately Temple House is the second Pellegrino has accepted; the first was for restoration of his own home – dubbed Derby Dingle – in the Atwater Park section of the city.

But beyond accolades, the renovations to the property have allowed two businesses to maintain offices in Springfield. In addition to Denner Pellegrino, the carriage house has been converted into an open-space, multi-use building with a lofted ceiling and a patio, and soon after its completion, Hawthorne Services Inc., an adult day health provider, moved in. Pellegrino said the partnership fit well into his overall community-oriented goals for the property.

“The timing worked, it worked for Hawthorne geographically, and it’s a good fit to have a service for the elderly in this area,” he said.

Green with Envy

The renovation also created a Springfield foothold for the 30-attorney firm of Denner Pellegrino, which also maintains offices in Boston, Providence, R.I., and New York, N.Y.

“Our other offices are cool,” Pellegrino joked, “but this one is like no other. And because it’s owner-occupied, we take a lot of pride in what we’ve done, and the maintenance of those improvements, too.”

Jaclyn Stevenson can be reached at[email protected]


The following building permits were issued during the month of July 2006.


Amherst College Trustees
227 South Pleasant St.
$3,500 — Divide existing bedroom into 2 bedrooms

Amherst College Trustees
Hamilton House
$4,511,834 — Dorm renovations

Amherst College Trustees
Converse Hall
$5,000 — Reset existing stair treads

Amherst Housing Authority
36-38 Tamarack Dr.
$180,000 — Set and complete modular duplex

Amherst Presidential Village, LLC.
950 North Pleasant St. (1-14 Washington House)
$12,001 — Replace shingles

Trustees of Hampshire College
205 West Bay Road
$75,000 — Replace roof, smoke detectors and alarms

Norwottuck Fish & Game Association
1348 West St.
$40,000.00 — Install wireless antennae


Mt. View landscaping
67 Old St. James St.
$135,000 — Building addition


66 Center Square
$142,000 — Interior renovations (new building)


Holyoke Mall, L.P.
50 Holyoke St.
$126,700 — Renovate Clinton Exchange


Sisters of St. Joseph
34 Lower Westfield Road
$8,000 — Convert corridor into changing room


Clarke School for the Deaf
46 Round Hill Road (Gawith Hall)
$250 — Selective interior demolition

Kollmorgen Corporation
347 King St.
$330 — Reinforce steel columns


Big Y Supermarkets
1360 Carew St.
$304,000 — Frontal addition

Fountaine Prop.
66D Industry Ave.
$23,000 — Interior renovations to warehouse

Linden Shopping Center
459 Main St.
$46,500 — Interior renovations


Botega Cocina
46 Morgan Road
$5,000 — Replace hood system

Verdi Club
58 Chapin St.
$8,200 — Kitchen exhaust hood


The following building permits were issued during
the month of March 2006.


Valley Community Church
152 South Westfield St.
$50,000 — Install six antennas


Frederic Sellica
1632 Northampton St.
$3,255 — Interior renovation of kitchen, work counter, reception counter

Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House
500 Easthampton Road
$99,000 — Renovate floors, walls, ceiling


Bermor Limited Partnership
180 Main St.
$10,000 — Interior demo of existing restaurant

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Inc.
30 Locust St.
$840,000 — Renovate P2000 basement to Cardiac Cath Lab

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Inc.
30 Locust St.
$16,000 — Construct two bathrooms in administration building

Eric Suher
298 Main St.
$45,000 — Repair/replace floor framing and sub floor, repair roof

ES Realty Corp.
34 Bridge St.
$105,559 — Renovate and expand space, Talbot’s

Forty Main Street Inc.
23 Main St.
$80,500 — Construct stairs, corridors and bathrooms

Linda Valenti
36 Hawley St.
$5,900 — Replace sills and lolly columns

Northampton Nursing Home Inc.
737 Bridge Road
$21,000 — Rebuild portico roof

Robert & Patricia Normand
190 Main St.
$10,400 — Install new
EPDM roofing system

Suher Properties LLC
50 Main St.
$5,000 — Remove paneling and non-bearing wall


Daniel Roy
41 Sullivan St.
$5,500 — Renovations to warehouse

Mental Health Association
101 Mulberry St.
$52,600 — Renovate interior

Mental Health Association
101 Mulberry St.
$65,132 — Renovate interior

Merchants of Springfield
625 Carew St.
$1,200,000 — Erect Walgreens

Springfield Boys & Girls Club
481 Carew St.
$58,750 — Re-roof

Tim Driscoll
556 Sumner Ave.
$110,000 — Interior fix up for sub shop

Vornado Realty
1079 Boston Road
$5,000 — Renovate ceramic floor tile


PVS Therapy
65 Springfield St.
$30,000 — Build out


The following building permits were issued during the month of December 2005.



Amherst Commer. Assoc. LTD
370 Northampton Road, Bldg. 5
$5500 — Construct assessable ramp

Amherst Shopping Center Association
181 University Dr.
$17,000 — Modify existing
sprinkler system

D.M.P Trust
64 Montague Road
$7,000 — Separate one of
three bays in existing garage
to insulate for winter use

Eric Perkins
408 Northampton Road
$7,166 — Install new windows
Village Auto Service
24 Montague Road
$10,000 — Install new roof


Cooley Dickinson Hospital Inc.
30 Locust St.
$6,500 — Remove plumbing
fixtures, construct wall to
create two offices

Joe-Mae Realty Associates
147 Main St.
$3,675 — Rebuild parapit wall
between buildings

Smith College
West Street
$60,000 — Replace roof —
physical plant building


Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St.
$300,000 — Sleep-study
observation room

Beth El Temple
979 Dickinson St.
$150,000 — Interior alterations

Jon Goff
125 Carando Dr.
$45,000 — Addition for shipping

Mercy Medical Center
271 Carew St.
$132,700 — Renovate office space

Price Cutter Inc.
2633 Main St.
$5,400 — Alterations

St. Johns Church
69 Hancock St.
$129,000 — Air
conditioning, lighting,
general construction


F.L. Roberts & Co. Inc.
916 Riverdale St.
$5,000 — Alter for reoccupancy

Mike Kravitz
30 Capital Dr.
$22,000 — Renovate office space

Pioneer Spine & Sport
1275 Elm St.
$11,500 — New Entrance


Brooks Pharmacy
7 East Silver St.
$5,500 — Ramps

Mark Greenbers
587 East Main St.
$50,000 — Interior renovations

Westfield Women’s Club
16 Court St.
$19,000 — Replace columns