For greater than 20 years, Chicopee River Enterprise Park, created by WestMass Space Improvement Corp., has been just about empty.
The practically 80 acres that straddle either side of the Chicopee-Springfield metropolis line, with its easy accessibility to Interstates 91 and 291 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, had been praised for his or her crossroads location, certainly a spot that might appeal to companies and business to ascertain themselves.
The presentation of final week’s plans by the Western Massachusetts Meals Financial institution to construct its new $ 22 million residence within the enterprise park is nice information, not just for the meals financial institution, but additionally for Chicopee and all of Western Massachusetts.
Congratulations to Chicopee Mayor John Vieau, State Senators Eric Lesser, Democrat of Longmeadow, and Adam Gomez, Democrat of Springfield, and State Representatives Joseph Wagner, Democrat of Chicopee and Orlando Ramos, Democrat of Springfield, for becoming a member of the choir of those that welcome the meals financial institution and champion the undertaking because it strikes by the design and allowing processes that will probably be wanted within the coming months.
The meals financial institution invested practically $ 500,000 to buy a 16.5-acre website alongside East Major and Carew streets to relocate its headquarters from Hatfield. The previous 12 months’s pandemic has underscored how important the providers it offers are to our area and its folks.
We hope that this measure will probably be a turning level for the way forward for the enterprise park, as it’s for the meals financial institution to present it the area and entry essential to ship support to our associates and neighbors prone to starvation and meals insecurity.
This plan to maneuver to Hampden County is strategic, not just for the meals financial institution, but additionally for the community of practically 200 impartial meals pantries, meals websites and shelters from Berkshires to Brimfield, from Greenfield to Southwick that profit from meals. distributes.