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  Community Spotlight
West Side Story Is One of Continued Progress
By George O’Brien
When Tyler Saremi looks at what
is considered downtown West Springfield — the Elm Street/Park Street area — he doesn’t see Northampton or West Hartford.
But he can easily imagine a day when that section of this city that still calls itself a town can attain something approaching a level of vibrancy
“People are just really excited to be part of bringing downtown West Springfield back.”
and an eclectic mix of businesses, especially those in the hospitality sector, that define those communities.
And he’s doing his best to bring that day clos- er. Indeed, the multi-faceted business run by his family that he serves as vice president, Saremi LLP, acquired 95 Elm St. — known to most as the United Bank building because it was the main tenant for many years — with the goal of ... well, turning back the clock in many respects.
The century-old building has, over the
decades, been home to cafés, restaurants, a gro- cery store, banks, and other types of retail, said Saremi, adding that it has always been a destina- tion, and the broad goal with this project is to make it one again. Thus, it has been rebranded as Town Common.
Already, Tandem Bagel, the Hadley-based company with locations there and also in East- hampton and Northampton, will soon occupy space where bank-teller windows have stood on the first floor; the target date for opening is July. Meanwhile, at the other end of the first floor, Saremi pointed to the place where intends to put a restaurant. He said two other leases have been signed, and several more are pending.
“People are just really excited to be part of bringing downtown West Springfield back,” he said. “Our main intention is a café and a restau- rant on the first floor; whether we have to open a restaurant ourselves or partner with someone, we don’t care. That’s part of our commitment to West Springfield — it needs a café, and it needs a res- taurant, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The redevelopment of 95 Elm St. is just one of the intriguing stories unfolding in West Spring- field, a community that is, like many others, try- ing to rebound from a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on hospitality-related businesses.
West Springfield at a glance
YEAR INCORPORATED: 1774
POPULATION: 28,529
AREA: 17.5 square miles
COUNTY: Hampden
RESIDENTIAL TAX RATE: $16.90
COMMERCIAL TAX RATE: $32.49
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $40,266
MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME: $50,282
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: Mayor, City Council
LARGEST EMPLOYERS: Eversource Energy, Harris Corp., Home Depot, Interim Health Care, Mercy Home Care
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