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Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 1 month ago
TOTALLY. I absolutely love this list. We've done a few of these things in collaboration with Make-It Springfield & The Springfield Central Cultural District, but would love to see more folks participate as well. Do you have a favorite or two? How can we get more folks excited & putting some of these into action? Thanks for sharing!
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 5 months ago
Hi Davette - Thanks for your comment and I certainly agree that there are very few options for post-work. A wine bar is on its way and we're hoping to have a jazz club in downtown as well. If you know anyone interested in running a venue you like this, please have them get in touch with me. Thanks and happy spring!
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Thanks for the comment. I definitely agree there need to be more family-friendly spaces in downtown. I'd love to see something like that in Pynchon Plaza in between MassMutual and the Museums. Where else do you think could work?
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Hi Frank - I definitely agree that the more we can do to encourage pedestrian activity, the downtown will thrive. I think wider sidewalks and more pedestrian plazas/walkways would be a major step in the right direction. We are working with the City to experiment with widening sidewalks around Stearns Square and creating mobile planters that can regularly shut down the cross-streets to vehicular traffic. Once we can show the benefit to businesses, public safety, and quality of life, I think it will be easier to convince the City to consider expanding those improvements throughout the downtown.
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Totally. The more family friendly, the more people of all ages feel comfortable living downtown and going downtown. Did you know that the MGM complex will have a bowling alley & an ice skating rink so that will be nearby and accessible to the public? Anything else that would bring your family downtown?
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Hi Ellen - I love these ideas! I definitely agree re: anything we can do to remove parking as a barrier to people coming downtown. I've suggested a skate park & basketball court for the riverfront redevelopment, but we shall see. It's amazing to me that the Hall of Fame hasn't created an outdoor court in downtown/on the river.

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
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Definitely. Keep an eye on springfieldculture.org and springfielddowntown.com as they provide a great compilation of free or low-cost arts/entertainment events downtown!
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Who can we recruit to open a taqueria? I agree that it is a major missing hole in downtown food options.
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 8 months ago
Thanks for your note, Luis. A better sense of security and more outdoor events/outdoor seating are definitely priorities. Be sure to sign up for the downtown newsletter at www.springfielddowntown.com

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
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 9 months ago
Also, the Shops at Marketplace offer regular yoga classes, including this Wednesday night: https://www.facebook.com/events/700544900110145/
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 3 years, 9 months ago
Definitely. Keep an eye out as there is a new host at Make-It Springfield who is holding occasional yoga classes starting in January! www.facebook.com/makeitspringfield
If we get enough of a turnout, it may become a weekly thing...
Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years ago

Hi Mark! Thanks for your suggestions. Ever consider getting back into the business? Let me know -- LMasulis@MassDevelopment.com

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years ago

Hi Fred - Sounds great. Please reach out to me so we can discuss.  Thanks!   LMasulis@massdevelopment.com or 617.913.6758

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years, 3 months ago

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! 

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years, 3 months ago

Yes! Let's talk :) 

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago

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?  

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago

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/

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years, 9 months ago

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!

Springfield Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] commented on Downtown Springfield TDI 4 years, 9 months ago

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.