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located on the banks of the Chicopee River. The Westmass Area Development Corp. owns the mills and works closely with the town to bring new vitality to the entire area. Town Planner Doug Stefancik said the partnership between Ludlow and Westmass is a win-win.
“Without innovative thinking from West- mass and the developers we work with, these mill buildings could have been vacant and fall-
ing apart,” he said. “Instead, they are developing state-of-the-art projects that enhance the whole State Street corridor.”
Notable tenants in the mill project include businesses such as Encompass Health Rehabili- tation Hospital of Western Massachusetts and Iron Duke Brewing, but Stefancik also pointed to a successful housing development known as Res- idences at Mill 10, which added 75 units of senior housing to Ludlow when it opened in 2017.
Looking forward, plans are in the works to
develop the clock tower, also known as Mill Building 8. WinnDevelopment, builder of Resi- dences at Mill 10, has proposed a plan for 95 units of senior housing in the building, with 48,000 square feet on the first floor dedicated to retail space. Stefancik said the project is in the early stages, and the next steps include site-plan approval and a public hearing.
“We’re fortunate that WinnDevelopment is coming back to work on Mill Building 8 because their work is first-rate,” he said. “They completed Residences at Mill 10 three years ago, and since its opening, it has been wildly successful.”
As more residents move to the area, Stefan- cik said the Ludlow Riverwalk, located behind the mill complex, is growing in popularity. “It’s becoming a walkable neighborhood area, and we like to see that.”
Earlier this year, a key infrastructure com- ponent in the redevelopment of the mills was approved. The Riverside Drive project is a pro- posed roadway that replaces an old access road in the mill complex. The project is currently out for bid, with construction expected to start next year on 4,130 feet of roadway that runs through the mill complex from East Street to First Avenue. When complete, Riverside Drive will improve access to all areas of Ludlow Mills.
The revitalization of the mills has become a major asset for the town of Ludlow.
“It’s been one of the areas where we’ve seen massive growth for economic development and housing opportunities,” Stefancik said, adding that potential exists for even more growth in the years ahead — something that’s true not only for the mill complex, but for the town itself. u
 Construction continues on Harris Brook Elementary School, which will replace both Chapin and Veterans Park elementary schools.
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