CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It could take up to six months before work can start on the old Cabotville Industrial Park in Chicopee.
The developer, Silverbrick, LLC wants to transform the Front Street property into 600 loft-style apartments, and 200,000 square feet of commercial space. However, there’s one problem. They can’t reach an agreement with the property owner.
“They’re having some transaction issues with the current owner of the property,” Chicopee City Council Vice President Shane Brooks told 22News. “We have not been made aware exactly what the specifics of the issues are.”
Silverbrick, LLC initially said they hoped to start work on 300 of the apartments by the end of the year. Councilors said that could still happen.
“They’ve asked for an extension for up to 180 days to work out the challenges they’re having with the current landowner. If that can be resolved fairly quickly, 15-to-45 days, that timeline could still be in tact,” Brooks said.
Silverbrick, LLC wants the city to postpone the vote on a necessary special permit, until their issues with the current property owner are resolved. The city council sent the request to the zoning committee, which will ultimately decide whether to grant the extension.
The city council said issues like this are common with big developments. They are confident the project will move forward, it’s just a matter of when.
22News will continue to follow this story.
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