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Thank you for engaging with us through the CoUrbanize platform and adding your voice to the downtown Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI]! Comments are now closed, but the page will remain up for record-keeping purposes. This is the last you'll hear from us here, but TDI's community development work will continue! To stay in the loop about events in the neighborhood, be sure to sign up for Springfield Downtown BID weekly newsletter. You can also complete the Google Contact Form here and we will keep you up-to-date with any further TDI specific news. Thanks again for taking part in making this downtown neighborhood a better place to live.


Laura Masulis

New and Improved!

Have you been down to the new and improved Stearns Square Park & Duryea Way? Take a stroll over and enjoy the benches and beautiful turtle fountain.

While you're there, check out BarKaya which is now open for lunch and dinner on Worthington Street. They are serving sushi & ramen, in addition to their special Chef's Tasting menu. More info and photos of BarKaya can be found here:

White Lion's brew pub plans for Tower Square have been officially approved by city council and will start construction any day now!

There is new ownership of the Fat Cats building as of this week and we can't wait to see the improvements they make to its tired facade.

A new bakery, Granny's Baking Table, is under construction and preparing to open on Bridge Street right next door to the Community Foundation. Granny's is a partnership between the talented folks behind Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop in Forest Park & Sidecar Bakery (a.k.a. the bicycle beignet guy!)

Finally, rumor has it that Make-It Springfield will be moving into bigger and better space not far from their existing location. Sign up for their newsletter or follow them on social media to make sure you hear the official announcement!

Summertime in the City

Fresh Paint Springfield is underway and brightening up the downtown already! Public events and paint parties are taking place throughout the week, though you can take a self-guided tour of the artists at work anytime using the map found here. Final festivities wrap up with a festive Saturday Block Party from 1 - 6pm at Tower Square Park. (Photo credit: Steven Nanton)

As White Lion Brewing prepares to open a brewery and tap room on Bridge Street, they have created a fantastic summer beer garden open Wed - Sat. Check out photos here and find the upcoming hours and events here. (Photo credit: Danny Nason)

And Chef Wayne is working away on his new Cajun On the Go concept coming to Worthington Street later this summer. Stay tuned!

New downtown amenities!

Have you heard about these great additions to our increasingly vibrant downtown?

  1. Rockstar Nutrition opened last week at 1611 Main St to satisfy all your smoothie & energy tea needs.
  2. Did you know there was a new addition to the ever-growing Shops at Marketplace? Be sure to check-out Alchemy Nail Bar.
  3. W.O.W. Art Studio expanded into new space at 111 Chestnut Street.
  4. Union Station opened a state-of-the-art community conference room
  5. Valley Venture Hub opened its doors on Bridge Street after much anticipation!

And you can start getting excited about these new additions on the way:

  1. Delaney's Market announced it will be opening a prepared foods market in the former Cafe Du Jour space on Main Street
  2. Bar Kaya Sushi prepares to open on Worthington Street next to Art'e Pizza
  3. Fresh Paint Springfield announces a mural festival taking place downtown this June 2 - 8th
  4. And, rumor has it that a biscuit & pie shop and a natural foods store will be opening this spring or summer near Stearns Square, so keep an eye out!

Breweries, Makers & Real Estate, Oh My!

After many fits & starts, downtown will finally have its first craft brewery! Last week, White Lion Brewing moved its first batch of equipment into their newly announced home

If you are going to shop online, here's a great way to still keep your dollars local! The Springfield Museums have stepped up their game with a new online store featuring locally made products of all kinds. The Springfield Museums partnered with Make-It Springfield to connect with local artisans and makers, so each purchase will support three great causes!

And in case you hadn't noticed, commercial real estate downtown is on a roll due to a confluence of factors. Get in while you still can!

Cookies, Pretzels & Locally Made Gifts

Did you know that Hot Oven Cookies & Nai Smith's Pub & Pretzel both had soft openings last week? And let me tell you, they are both absolutely delicious. Run, don't walk! You won't regret it.

Make-It Springfield has recently teamed up with the Springfield Museums & the new Springfield Regional Center to offer locally made gifts of all kinds. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center & visit the new Museums online store so you keep your dollars local this holiday season!

Did you hear that The Springfield Museums purchased the dilapidated building next door on Chestnut Street and will be renovating it? More here:

And the Paramount Theater & Hotel project just got a little extra steam with $2.5M in grant funding committed from the state. #downtownspringfield #ontherise #onfire #watchout # newera #springfieldma #413

Autumn Updates on Downtown Springfield

Duryea Way is officially open! What do you think of the renovations? Did you notice the city's first sidewalk bump-out that allows for outdoor seating along Worthington Street? Here's to more space downtown dedicated to people (and not just cars)! And more string lighting of course...(Photo courtesy of Bridget Delaney)

We are thrilled this Stearns & Duryea project has finally come to fruition after working with the City over the past few years to get it all T'd up. Stearns Square Park renovations will soon be completed and will feature outdoor seating, a bike share station, and a fully functioning fountain.

And, after many fits and starts, the Innovation Center is finally nearing completion on Bridge Street! Valley Venture Mentors, the anchor tenant, is shooting for a January opening. There are only a few office spaces upstairs still available, so get in touch with the BID at (413) 781-1591 if you are interested.

We are all anxiously awaiting the opening of Hot Oven Cookies & NaiSmith's Pub & Pretzel, who are both poised to open any day now. In the meantime, have you checked out the new brick-and-mortar location for Springfield Macarons? They are on Market street just down from the Shops at Marketplace, so make sure to stop by next time you're in the area! #shoplocal #womanownedbiz #springfieldmacarons #springfieldma

Summertime in the City

In case you missed it, White Lion is officially making moves in downtown Springfield. They have signed a lease for the ground floor space at One Financial Plaza on Court Square to house a small-batch brewery, tap room & test kitchen concept (in partnership with Bill Collins of Center Square Grill). More details here: White Lion will also be one of the local beers featured on tap at MGM.

And Nosh Cafe & Bakery has come into its own -- from a micro cafe started in a storage closet to a full-blown beautiful cafe space! Be sure to stop by for lunch, a loaf of bread or cookie, or for your next catering gig. More details here: (Photo courtesy of Kit Maher, MassLive)

We're thrilled to see more locally owned businesses thriving and expanding!

Cookies, Bikes & More!

Did you hear the sweet news? Hot Oven Cookies is opening a bakery on Main Street across from The Fort and they hope to be open by the end of August. Mmmm...

We are also happy to see businesses taking advantage of the City's new outdoor dining ordinance that we helped draft & implement. Check out Mocha Emporium's cheerful set-up located on the corner of Main & Taylor and be sure to stop by and enjoy an iced coffee or tea on their patio.

The Parks Department has also gotten on board and reinstalled benches in Court Square. And in case that's not enough, ValleyBike Share has officially landed in Springfield with docking stations soon to be located from the North End, to Mason Square, to the South End to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Stations are being installed as we speak and we are thrilled that subsidized memberships will soon be available for lower income residents. Let's keep rolling!

Outdoor Dining, Awards & Summer Programming

With the arrival of warm weather, restaurants and cafes can now apply to offer outdoor dining in public ways, including public plazas, sidewalks, and more. After over 9 months of work behind the scenes, the city council has passed the outdoor dining ordinance! More details here.

This Thursday is the Valley Venture Mentors annual accelerator awards which is always an energizing evening. And we were thrilled to see our friends from Simply Grace & the Shops at Marketplace win the SBA's microenterprise of the year in Massachusetts! And did you hear that Nosh, our favorite hidden cafe, is expanding their space and their offerings?! Start getting excited...

As if that wasn't enough, downtown summer programming is officially in full swing with the return of:

Invite a friend to join you so they can see what downtown is all about these days!

Voice your feedback and enter to win a gift card to Big Mamou's!

The Make-It Springfield team is currently in the process of envisioning their future, however, they can't do this effectively without you! 

Please take 5 minutes to answer six questions and as a token of their thanks, they will provide you with an opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to Chef Wayne's Big Mamou's Cajun restaurant.

(Photo courtesy of Hunter Styles )

Calling all creatives, makers, tinkerers, and more!

Do you care about making Springfield a better place for creatives, makers, tinkerers, etc? Do you wish there were more positive hands-on activities? Would you like to have affordable access to specialty equipment and tools for projects? Then, we want YOU at our community meeting Thursday, April 26 at 6pm at the UMass Center at Springfield! Light refreshments will be on hand. All ages welcome! #makeithappen#makeitspringfield Details here:

Construction, construction, construction!

While it may feel a little chaotic downtown these days, it is a sign of good things to come!

MGM is putting finishes on their project in the South End, while the City is well underway with its "Main Street Refresh" program. And just yesterday, construction finally began on the new & improved Stearns Square & Duryea Way ! On the way are sidewalk expansions for outdoor seating, better lighting, new street trees, and more! #refreshdowntown #downtownspfld #springfieldma

More Housing, New Restaurants & Springfield's First Coffee Roaster!

After a few soft openings, Art'e Pizza will officially open to the public on Saturday, February 17th serving their Neapolitan Brick-Oven Pizza on Worthington Street. More info here.

(Photo credit - Don Treeger - Masslive)

Silverbrick expands to 122 Chestnut Street. Renovations are underway & more residential units are being added. More info here & here.

Did you hear that Springfield has its first coffee roaster, Monsoon Roastery, who has recently opened at 143 Main Street and will be popping up at the downtown Friday farmers market this summer. They also offer a subscription service so you can order coffee to be delivered to your office or home.

And property owners have access to a new tool to help improve their real estate. More info about Local Lift here.

Lease It Local Round 2!

Lease It Local round 2 is now open for businesses interested in ground floor space downtown! We will review & accept applications on a rolling basis from now until March 1, 2018. Please note that funds are limited for this pilot program and we will begin the review process immediately—the sooner you complete the application process, the better. More details here:

A new year, a new Springfield!

Hi downtown Springfield stakeholders -

2018 is off to a great start. Starting January 15th, Karoun Yoga will be joining forces with Simply Serendipity to open the dharma yoga studio inside the Shops at Marketplace. Details here:

The year will be even tastier with two new pizza options in downtown. Gino's, a new fast casual pizza shop, opened at the end of 2017 at the corner of Dwight Street & Lyman Street in the old Chessmen lounge location.

And Art-e'-Pizza, an upscale brick oven pizza restaurant pictured below, will open in early 2018 at 272 Worthington Street. (picture courtesy of Don Treeger)

In addition to Stearns Square renovations in 2018, Pynchon Plaza & Riverfront Park have also been approved for renovation. Details on Pynchon Plaza plans can be found here and Riverfront Park plans are here.

And, if all goes well, construction will begin on the Willys Overland building at 151 Chestnut St to bring 60 new market rate apartments to downtown. More details here:

Here's to a great 2018!

Lease It Local - Filling Vacant Storefronts

We are thrilled to announce that a new pilot program in our target area of downtown is now accepting applications. Lease It Local, led by DevelopSpringfield, aims to decrease vacant storefronts & support independent businesses by providing a lease subsidy & professional assistance for up to 12 months. Please helps us spread the word to small businesses & entrepreneurs that you would like to see have a downtown presence! The application & further details can be found at

New opportunity for local Springfield businesses

The City of Springfield is launching a new program, Rise Up, this fall to help accelerate growth of local small businesses, with a focus on women & minority-owned businesses.  Rise Up is powered by the nationally-acclaimed Interise StreetWise 'MBA'' curriculum and is a collaborative effort between the City of Springfield, The Springfield Regional Chamber and the Association of Black Business & Professionals (ABBP). Classes will be held at UMASS Springfield. All interested participants should go to: & plan to attend the September 12th open house event.

Media coverage here: City press release, 22 News coverage,

College Entrepreneurs in Downtown Springfield

Last night, our friends at Valley Venture Mentors celebrated the graduation of their first cohort of college entrepreneurs from across the Pioneer Valley. What a great way to support entrepreneurship & attract more of our area graduates to stay & invest in Springfield! Major props to the whole VVM team that put this together.

Check out Masslive coverage & 22 News coverage for more info.

Photo above by Elizabeth Roman, MassLive

Aug 23rd: Mark Your Calendars!

Join us! All are welcome. RSVP here.

A Growing Springfield Food Scene

Strong locally roasted coffee & a commercial kitchen space for aspiring entrepreneurs are two things Springfield currently doesn't have. However, the founders of Ground Up Cafe are planning to change that in a matter of months. Ground Up Cafe has launched their kickstarter to raise a final $10,000 before August 10th to open their new space on Bridge Street. The more they raise, the quicker they can open their affordable, shared commercial kitchen space for local entrepreneurs to launch their food businesses. They need your help! #10KbyAug10 #groundup413

And did you hear about Bueno y Sano's new pop-up burrito bar located at 1550 Main Street on Fridays this summer? Don't miss it! And while you're at it, you can enjoy the lunchtime concert and stop by the great farmers market across the street. Hey now, downtown Springfield!

Oh and don't forget about our friends over at SnapChef. They have partnered with New England Farm Workers to launch a Springfield Culinary Workforce Development, Event & Incubator Center at 1600 Main Street.

Talk about a comprehensive approach! Expanded food offerings, food entrepreneurship opportunities & food jobs. #springfieldma #fullcourtpress #makingithappen

New Tenants at the Revamped Union Station

We are excited to hear about our new neighbors moving into the beautifully restored Union Station. Our friends at Dietz & Co, the largest architecture firm in the region + women-owned to boot, will be moving their offices to Union Station. More detail here.

And a particularly tasty addition, The Whistle Stop, will bring authentic Italian food and local libations to the main concourse.

And if you were wondering, general Union Station progress updates can be found here. Chugga, chugga!

Korean Food & Pedicabs

We are pleased to have two new recent additions to the downtown landscape. The beloved Korean food truck, Sun Kim Bop, that travels all over western Mass, has opened their first brick & mortar storefront at 1244 Main st - right across from the Mass Mutual Center. So, next time you're on the hunt for lunch downtown, you know where to go!

And don't be surprised when you see a shiny white bicycle taxi pedaling down Main Street. A new addition to the streetscape, Springfield Pedicabs elicit smiles wherever they go and offer pedestrians a lift with no minimum charge. Drivers operate based on tips only. So next time you see one, wave it down and give it a try. You'll be amazed by how fun a short ride can be with these fellows.

Bond Approved To Fund Downtown Park Renovation

This week, City Council approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up Stearns Square & Duryea Way, the walkway that connects Taylor St & Worthington St. With funding now approved, work is expected to begin this summer to restore the park with new landscaping, trees, paved walkways, lighting, new park furniture and a working fountain.

New Neighbors!

Have you noticed things looking a little different around Stearns Square recently? We sure have! We are thrilled to have The Community Foundation now on Bridge St, joining the wonderful folks from the Women's Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors and many others who are moving into the new Innovation Center.

And things are getting tastier as we speak. Ground Up Cafe will open this summer on Bridge st serving high-quality coffee, craft cocktails & handmade fresh cuisine. Oh, and don't forget that SnapChef is opening their new Western Mass headquarters on Worthington St, right next door to Make-It.

Did we mention there is more in the works? :)

New Additions to the District!

Have you heard? All sorts of exciting things are happening in the district.

While Union Station & The Innovation Center are nearing completion, here are nearby highlights to be aware of:

The Community Foundation of Western Mass is moving to the district and transforming a piece of Bridge street in the process. More details here.

A new restaurant has just announced it will be bringing life back to old L'Uva space on Main Street.

Here is the latest on 8-12 Stearns Square redevelopment -- major renovations are underway! And the City's new dining district fund is officially accepting applications for restaurateurs & chefs interested in moving to the district.

And we are thrilled to see that The Shops at Marketplace are continuing to grow and flourish. Last night they held their monthly Women Wine Wednesday event that included a tutorial on how to make fresh pasta (video here). If you haven't been yet, here is a great profile of Nosh to wet your appetite. At first Teri started as a vendor at the weekly Farmers Market, then she did a month-long pop-up for the holidays, and now she has established a permanent cafe, Nosh, located inside the Shops at Marketplace!

Spread the word about the great small businesses downtown. We are all a part of their success. If we want them to stick around, we have to make a point of supporting them with our business!

VVM Launches Summer College Accelerator

You may see more creative, driven, entrepreneurial young people downtown this summer thanks to the wonderful new collegiate program launched by Valley Venture Mentors. We are excited to see VVM create more reasons for graduates to stick around the Pioneer Valley - while helping create new businesses and job opportunities at the same time! More details here. #vvm #innovate413 #springfieldma

December Pop-ups: Music Venue & Cafe

December has brought two unexpected (and welcome!) installations in downtown: a pop-up performance space in the vacant bank space in 1350 Main (a.k.a. MassLive bldg) & Nosh, a pop-up cafe run by TLS Foods in a previously vacant interior room in the Shops at Marketplace. Make sure you check them out and, while you're at it, encourage them to stick around into 2017!

2nd Annual Downtown Holiday Market!

We are thrilled to have the downtown holiday market back in action again this holiday season. Thanks to the wonderful work of the BID & The Shops at Marketplace, this year's festivities are not to be missed. Can you believe they will have goods from over 60 vendors?! Details here. Festivities kick off next week at 1341 Main Street! #shoplocal #shopsmall #strongersmallbiz #strongercommunity

Nov 15th 2:30 - 4:30 TDI Tour

Have you been wondering what TDI is all about? Well, you’re invited to join MassDevelopment for an interactive walk through Springfield’s Transformative Development Initiative District! For more details and to RSVP, click here

New Downtown Low-Interest Restaurant Loan Fund

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a new low-interest loan fund totaling up to $1.5 million to support new and existing full-service restaurants in the downtown Springfield TDI district.  Do you have a favorite restaurant you would like to see open a new location in downtown? Tell them! Tell us! Feel free to contact Laura at or 617.913.6758.

More details here.

Community Engagement Goes Digital

Meaningful and effective community engagement does not just mean large in-person community meetings. You often need to meet people where they already are. Have you noticed these signs popping up around downtown? If so, be sure to take 5 seconds and text in your ideas or opinions.  We want to hear from you! 

Springfield's Revival is Turning Heads

A Springfield Revival: The Commonwealth Magazine recently featured Springfield as a city undergoing a noticeable revival.  Between the CRRC Rail Company moving to town, MGM's entertainment & resort complex under construction, Union Station restoration nearing completion and lots of new activity downtown thanks to the Business Improvement District, the Springfield Central Cultural District, and MassDevelopment's TDI, Springfield has a reason to be optimistic.

CNBC Names Springfield Top 10 Overlooked City for Business:  Springfield was recently named as a top city where business opportunities are rising, according to CNBC. The list compiled 10 cities considered business-friendly and places that entrepreneurs should have on their radar. Springfield is the only city in the entire Northeast included in the ten-city list.

Downtown Arts Scene Comes Alive

The Springfield Central Cultural District unveiled 3 new pop-up galleries open at 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio and SilverBrick Lofts. The gallery openings were celebrated on October 5th with street performers, musicians, samples of Artifact Cider and food trucks. Keep an eye out for new galleries popping up early next year! 

City commits $1.2M to Stearns Sq & Duryea Way

Next summer will bring a new and refreshed look to Stearns Square and Duryea Way.  Improvements will include: 

- Archways on either side of Duryea Way to create a more welcoming passageway from the Silverbrick Lofts Apartments and Union Station to the Stearns Square area

- Newly expanded sidewalks to allow for outdoor dining along on streets surrounding the park

- The addition of new bike racks, new street furniture and upgraded lighting fixtures & string lights

- A full restoration of a historic Stearns Square fountain

-The reconstruction and replacement of all park and pedestrian way materials including landscaping, plantings, pavers, curbing and pavement

- Traffic calming measures to encourage more pedestrian activity

A big thank you to the Mayor's Office, Springfield Parks Department, Springfield Economic Development Department, MassDevelopment, nearby property owners & the Business Improvement District for their combined effort to move this project forward. More information about the project can be found here:

White Lion Wednesdays Have Arrived

What better way to spend a summer evening than at a beer garden with old and new friends? New this summer, White Lion Wednesdays is a weekly rotating beer garden co-hosted by Springfield's own White Lion Brewing Company & the BID. The event has been a wild success ever since opening week and the folks at Food & Wine have already taken notice by listing White Lion Wednesdays as one of the best new beer gardens in the country! #nobigdeal #springfieldma

Make-It Springfield Becomes Permanent Fixture

Thanks to MassLive for the coverage and helping us spread the great news.  Make-It Springfield, downtown's community makerspace, started as a pop-up 30 day experiment and was so successful that it has become permanent. If you haven't been to a workshop yet or stopped by to see the place, make it happen! It is for all ages and most workshops are free. Learn everything form how to make a Vietnamese Spring Roll to Painting to Drones to 3D Printing! #makeitspringfield #springfieldma

MassDev Launches New Crowdgranting Platform -Match

Commonwealth Places is a new statewide program that aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days. The program will help fund place-based, community-driven projects – art installations, parks, bike trails, markets, and more – that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.  

Spread the word! 

Manufacturing Accelerator Launching End of 2016!

Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is launching an accelerator program for local manufacturing companies in an effort to help long-running local Springfield businesses expand their markets and think differently about their products. The accelerator is being launched with $200,000 in seed funding from MassDevelopment. 

Springfield's Workforce Gets Major Boost

Did you hear the great news?  Springfield has been awarded $475,000 as part of the Federal Reserve's Working Cities Challenge.  A large consortium of Springfield community partners have been putting in major hours behind the scenes to plan an overhaul Springfield's workforce development ecosystem to better serve residents.  It's wonderful to see the Federal Reserve acknowledge the work the partnership has already put in and to also recognize the impact this project will have on the city.  

Details included in the article

The Springfield Works Initiative will advance the city’s economy by enhancing and strengthening the connectivity between employers who need qualified workers and low- income Springfield residents who need meaningful employment. It aims to achieve this goal through an innovative collaboration between employers, educational institutions, service providers, community leaders, community-based organizations, government, and residents.

The Springfield Works Initiative core team includes the Western Mass. Economic Development Council, the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, MGM Springfield, Partners for Community Action, HAPHousing, Springfield Technical Community College, Western MA National Machine and Tooling Assoc., the Community Foundation of Western Mass., Tech Foundry, United Personnel Services, United Way of Pioneer Valley, and DevelopSpringfield.

WMASS Developers Conference - June 23rd

Western Massachusetts is abuzz with energy and excitement! We want to make sure you know all about it; so join us for the 2016 Western MA Developers Conference!   The Western MA Developers Conference connects business leaders, developers, real estate professionals, site selectors, economic development professionals, and public officials from Western MA and across the Northeast.  

The MassMutual Center is the place to be on June 23rd.  Governor Baker will be joining us. Hope to see you there!  The event is FREE, but registration is required by June 17th.  Please click here to register

MassLive Covers Make-It Springfield Makerspace

Thanks to MassLive for helping us spread the word about Make-It Springfield, downtown's pop-up makerspace that will be kicking off June 1st.  Coverage is here.  A full list of FREE workshops can be found here

New Downtown Summer Programming

In a matter of weeks you will notice new activity in downtown Springfield.  A farmers' market will open in Tower Square Park (a.k.a. Steigers) every Friday from June 3rd through October 28th, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. 

And after work drinks just got a little more exciting with the introduction of "White Lion Wednesdays" - a rotating beer garden throughout downtown June 15 - August 17th. Keep an eye on their social media to find out where to find the outdoor fun. 

More details about both events can be found on the BID's website here. Start getting excited! 

Here's to a more walkable and innovative downtown!

A temporary signage or "way-finding" system for downtown has been installed to promote walking between downtown destinations. More details can be found here.  Springfield is lucky to have such a walkable downtown - now we are reminded to take advantage of it more often. The health, social, and economic benefits are numerous. 

In other news, construction is underway on the Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge street that plans to open before the end of the year. Valley Venture Mentors will relocate their home from within Tower Square to a street-level presence that offers more space, visibility, and connection to the neighborhood.  More details here

Call for All Artists, Techies, DIYers & Hobbyists!

A pop-up community makerspace is coming to downtown Springfield throughout the month of June! Make-It Springfield will be co-hosted by MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] and the UMASS Design Center in Springfield and will:

  • Highlight and share the vast skillsets already in our local community
  • Build on Springfield’s rich history of innovation and creativity
  • Better connect the community to the sometimes nebulous idea of “innovation”
  • Activate a vacant storefront

We are looking for individuals interested in hosting hands-on workshops in our free space during the month of June.   We are open to a wide variety of programming possibilities, as long as they connect to the themes of "creating" or "making."  Workshops could be everything from songwriting, to 3D printing, to tshirt design, to food preservation, and everything in between. ¡Todos son bienvenidos! Nos gustaría ofrecer algunos talleres en español.

Why Host?

  • Connect with new audiences & potential customers/ supporters
  • Enjoy greater visibility and media-coverage
  • Help build community in downtown Springfield
  • Have fun sharing your skills or expertise! (Note: You do not need to be a professional – hobbyists are more than welcome)

More details can be found on our brief host sign-up form located here OR at  All prospective hosts should sign-up by May 1st, 2016.  Please share this opportunity with your networks– the more the merrier!

Downtown Public Art Gets Electric!

The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) is expanding its utility box art program across downtown after a successful pilot in Stearns Square. The SCCD is looking for additional artists interested in participating. Spread the word!  More info here.

Springfield Restaurant Week Returns!

Springfield Restaurant Week is back! Mark your calendars and start planning your meals out downtown (and beyond). Support your favorites or try something new.  Specials last from April 21st - May 1st. More details can be found here. Yum. 

Cheeky City: The Newest Addition to Downtown!

Just this week, our friends from SkinCatering opened a new beauty care boutique, Cheeky City, at the Shops at Marketplace.  There's even a great review already on the books.  

So, next time you're downtown, take a walk down the Marketplace (behind 1341 Main Street & next to the Mass Mutual Center) and check out all the new wonderful women-owned businesses making it happen: Simply Serendipity, Moss Garden Design, and Sweet Ideas Cafe. 

Welcome to Your Dream Live-Work Space!

Calling all artists: SilverBrick Lofts has luxury live-work spaces tailored for the artistic community in the heart of downtown Springfield, right next to Union Station. They believe that artists are a necessity for a vibrant cultural center. They've renovated spaces with luxury finishes while keeping the inspirational historic features such as exposed bricks, reclaimed wood beams, arched windows and 20 foot ceilings. 

Call their dedicated leasing team at 413-363-9604 to arrange a tour of your future live-work space!

Calling All Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs!

The Center for Women & Enterprise, in partnership with Valley Venture Mentors, is offering a 4 part series specifically for women interested in opening their own businesses in the Valley.  Have you always wanted to open your own business but never knew where to start?  

Join us at Valley Venture Mentors in downtown Springfield for Part 1 this evening!  Please invite anyone you know who may have the entrepreneurship bug.  Todos son bienvenidos.

Part 1: Tuesday,  February 9th  4pm - 6pm Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

Part 2: Tuesday,  February 16th  4pm - 6pm  Steps to Starting a Business

Part 3:  Tuesday,  February 23rd  4pm - 6pm Legal Issues for Small Businesses

Part 4:  Tuesday,  March 1st  4pm - 6pm Financing Strategies

Make Your Home in the TDI District

It is an exciting time in downtown Springfield and there are historic, one-of-a-kind properties ready to be leased or developed.  Join the revitalization already underway! 

Mixed-Use Buildings for Sale

Commercial / Light Industrial Space for Lease

Office Space for Lease

Apartments for Rent or Sale


New Site to Highlight All the Good

Check out to learn more about all the good already happening in Springfield, MA!  Spread the word and feel free to suggest additions to the growing list.  

NEW: Boutique, Garden Shop & Beauty Supplies Shop

Great News:  Simply Grace decided to not only stay beyond the holiday market, but also expand their operations.  They will be joined by Moss Garden Design right next store selling beautiful plants, terrariums, flowers, and housewares. AND Cheeky City (of Skin Catering Spa fame) just announced they will be moving in next door as well. While you're shopping you can grab a coffee or treat at Sweet Ideas, also a recent addition. Check out these wonderful women-owned businesses in the marketplace behind 1341 Main Street, right next to the Mass Mutual Center.  

It's Official: A New Coffee Shop Is On Its Way!

We've got a new neighbor joining us in downtown! Mocha Emporium will be opening up shop at the corner of Main Street and Taylor Street in the Silverbrick complex.  Start getting excited for a tasty and caffeinated spring opening! While you are waiting, you can always get your fix at Sweet Ideas, Cafe Du Jour, Cornerstone CafePalazzo's Cafe, City Jake'sHot Table, or La Fiorentina

Amazing turnout at Dec 17th Stakeholder Meeting

Thank you all for showing up -- literally and figuratively! It was an inspiring and lively discussion and we have lots of action steps before us.  Looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together before our next meeting in May! 

Both Powerpoints from the event can be found in "Information & Plans" section in right hand bar. 

UMass Landscape Architecture Studio Project Launch

Through a partnership with the Downtown Springfield Central Cultural District, UMass Amherst landscape architecture students used paper lanterns and spray-chalk sidewalk designs to bring attention and foot traffic to the Market Place pedestrian walk in downtown Springfield.

Read more here at MassLive.

Taylor Street Dental Revitalizes Historic Building

Great coverage on a recent building rehabilitation on Taylor Street & Duryea Way led by Dr. David Peck.

Pop-Up Holiday Market Launches in Downtown

A new pop-up holiday market launches in vacant storefronts in downtown Springfield. The market offers existing businesses a new venue to showcase their products and gives new and existing businesses an opportunity to test the Springfield market. The project is a collaboration between the Springfield BID, the Springfield Cultural District, and MassDevelopment. 

Coverage of the launch can be found here

Photos from opening weekend can be found here

Video coverage of holiday market can be found here.

Union Station Progress Update

The November 2015 update can be found here

Businesses interested in Union Station restaurant, commercial, retail or office space should contact Emily Crutcher at

MassDev Buys Stearns Square Building

As its first equity investment in the state, MassDevelopment purchased the former Skyplex, 8-12 Stearns Square.  More information can be found here

New Outdoor Movie Series in Stearns Square

With help from the MassDevelopment [TDI] placemaking program, a new outdoor movie series was offered in September 2015. The Springfield Cultural District, City Mosaic, the Springfield BID and MassDevelopment co-hosted the pilot series, named Springfield Under the Stars

Photos from the event series can be found here.

MassDev & MGCC Launch Special [TDI] Loan Program

Businesses located or soon-to-be-located in [TDI] districts across the state can qualify for special loan assistance through Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).  More information can be found here.  

Springfield [TDI] Kick-Off in May 2015

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