CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A large former mill complex in downtown Chicopee could soon be turned into 600 apartment units. Residents and near-by businesses told 22News they couldn’t be happier.
New York-based SilverBrick, LLC has signed a purchase-and-sale agreement to acquire the Cabotville Industrial Complex. It’s an old cotton mill that opened back in 1841.
According to a news release sent to 22News by Mayor Richard Kos’s office, SilverBrick has filed for a special permit to build 600 loft-style apartments at the mill site, as well as 200,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer wants to showcase the historic aspects of each building, using the old brickwork and exposed beams and steel.
Local businesses said if the plan moves through, it could help provide a boost for the area.
“I think it’s a game changer for the downtown,” Munich Haus owner Patrick Gottschlicht told 22News. “I think it’ll definitely create more foot traffic and I think you’re going to see a lot of other business get developed as a result of it.”
Lee Pouliot, the Director of Planning and Development for the city of Chicopee, said re-purposing the old mills will enhance the surrounding area. In the past, the mill site was considered for a variety of projects, and was even thought of as a potential casino site.
“For many years and through a number of planning exercises, Cabotville has been looked to as the key to unlocking the neighborhood’s development potential. The catalytic impact of this redevelopment project on Chicopee Center will result in further revitalization, truly making the West End a place to live, work, and play,” Pouliot said.
The developer still needs the city to approve the special permit. The city will address the permit at a meeting next Tuesday, August 2nd. Silverbrick LLC said it hopes to start working on 300 of the apartment units later this year.
SilverBrick recently redeveloped the former Morgan Square Apartments in downtown Springfield.