GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The old Lunt Silversmiths company used to manufacture silver and stainless steel and was first established in 1902.
In 2010, the company went bankrupt leaving an 11 acre parcel in the center of Greenfield with 60,000 square feet of manufacturing buildings off of Federal Street. It’s an active street with a residential neighborhood, but it had been zoned industrial.
During bankruptcy the town was able to purchase 6 acres of the property that had been used as little league baseball fields for 52 years. Now it’s working on acquiring the deed to the other 5 acres.
Greenfield Mayor William Martin told 22News, “The surrounding zone is commercial and residential so this zoning request by the town council which has support of all local boards, including the property owners nearby this, will allow for the development of the property and sale of the commercial areas.”
The other portion of the property is known to have some environmental contamination, but the town has been working to pursue assessments.
The Mayor added that they hope to complete the transaction of the deed within the near future. This transaction would put the property back on the town tax payroll.