Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] Projects
In terms of the sushi / coffee shop - you'd be amazed by what a difference you can make as a customer by just mentioning the idea to a business owner who you'd like to see expand to downtown. Good business owners listen to their customers! Feel free to connect us if they have any questions, etc.
Thanks for all you do and excited to have you downtown SOON. -L
In terms of your business idea, have you checked out the SBDC yet? They are a free business counseling service at the STCC Tech Park. If you call 413-577-1768, you can set up an appointment to discuss your idea and get help with moving it forward. I'm also happy to talk with you about it anytime - LMasulis@massdevelopment.com. Thanks, Luis! - Laura
If we get enough of a turnout, it may become a weekly thing...
Hi Mark! Thanks for your suggestions. Ever consider getting back into the business? Let me know -- LMasulis@MassDevelopment.com
Hi Fred - Sounds great. Please reach out to me so we can discuss. Thanks! LMasulis@massdevelopment.com or 617.913.6758
Hi Frank -
I love the focus on pedestrians. That is a priority for us - and glad to hear it is for you too. We have recently been focused on redeveloping marketplace behind the old Johnson's bookstore since it is a hidden gem--- a pedestrian walkway currently used more by cars than people. If you haven't been by, taker a look at what they have going at The Shops at Marketplace: www.facebook.com/theshopsatmarketplace
There has also been discussion of permanently converting streets around Stearns Square, including Worthington, to pedestrian only. And the one good thing about the water main break was that it turned Main Street's main intersection into a pedestrian walkway temporarily!
In our district of focus, we are also blessed to have Court Square on the edge of, Steigers/Tower Square Park, and Stearns Square (in addition to Duryea Way and Apremont Triangle). And Riverfront park isn't far away! The key is to make sure we are creating engaging, pleasant, well-utilized green spaces. That's what we're working on now in regards to more programming, seating, etc.
Thanks for your thoughts and keep 'em coming!
Yes! Let's talk :)
Hi Peter -
Love these thoughts around vehicular traffic, cluttered/dirty/vacant storefronts, signage/navigation, public law enforcement and park seating options. Thank you for taking the time to share these ideas.
The Utile "Worthington Street Plan" (can be accessed at the bottom of the infomation section) also included moving away from one-way "highways" through downtown and converting streets like Dwight & Chestnut to 2 way streets with increased space for bikes, pedestrians, and trees. What do you think of that?
Thanks for your thoughts, Dahlas! Especially love the suggestions around more support for artists and public art, more engaging green spaces, more train travel, and more emphasis on the rich history and historic features.
In terms of highlighting and supporting artists, have you heard about our June makerspace? www.facebook.com/makeitspringfield
Another gem is the Second Saturday Walking Tours co-hosted by the Springfield Museums and the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association (AQCA) . You can usually find upcoming tours on the Museums calendar or the BID calendar here: http://springfielddowntown.com/events/
Yes! Thank you for emphasizing this, Aimee. Residents have to be involved in the process and must directly benefit from the outcomes as well.
While this TDI project has a very focused geographic area and limited scope, we are coordinating with the local organizations involved in Working Cities Challenge -- which is focused specifically on improving the workforce development continuum across the entire city.
We are also exploring how this district could house a place for residents to take entrepreneurship training programs (as a form of workforce development) and pilot their businesses at low costs.
I'd welcome the opportunity to hace a conversation in more detail. Feel free to email me at LMasulis@MassDevelopment.com
Thank you for your input!
I love these ideas, Glen! I've been talking with a bunch of folks interested in making a public market of sorts happen. And outdoor performance space is a high priority as well.
The UMASS Design students actually came up with a vision of converting the surface parking lot behind Marketplace (next to the MassMutual Center) into an outdoor ice rink & basketball courts.