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INDIAN ORCHARD DEVELOPMENTOPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE
December 15, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The City of Springfield and Springfield Redevelopment Authority have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for over 17 acres of land located on Pinevale Street in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield. The RFP was released on December 3rd and is available online through the City’s Office of Procurement website and at City Hall, Room 307.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “In the midst of $2.7 billion of economic activity in the City of Springfield; it is logical to market this property and attempt to add to the surging momentum being felt across the City.”
“With the success of the solar project immediately across the street, we believe there is a good opportunity for development at this site,” said Kevin Kennedy, Chief Development Officer. “It’s not often we have industrial park zoned sites of this size available in Springfield.”
Western Massachusetts Electric Company’s 2.3 MW facility across the street from the property is an award winning former brownfield site that has been transformed into one of the largest solar energy facilities in the region. The Indian Orchard facility features 8,200 solar panels on 12 acres of land that formerly housed a Chapman Valve foundry.
The two development parcels being made available in the RFP were both historically part of the Chapman Valve complex as well and are currently owned by the City of Springfield (Parcel 09755- 0086) and Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA) (Parcel 09755 – 0070).
This 17.675 acre site has easy access to Route 20, Routes I-291 and I-90. The property is currently zoned Industrial Park and is close to the surrounding communities of Wilbraham, Ludlow, and Chicopee.
The RFP can be viewed: http://www.springfield-ma.gov/finance/procurement/ . Proposals are due Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.