Lt. Governor Karyn Polito brought news that the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation will receive $850,000 to prepare a new industrial park on the former military land it owns.
The three industrial parks it now owns abutting Westover Air Reserve Base is home to more than 50 companies employing some 3,500 workers.
This money from the state will go towards creating a fourth industrial park. “They’ve already identified 80 acres for an industrial park,” Polito said. “But the economic conditions are such that they need more acreage to assemble together.”
A major portion of the funding from the state will go towards purchasing 20 additional acres, creating a 100-acre park to attract new companies to western Massachusetts. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for western Massachusetts and the City of Chicopee,” WMDC President Michael Bolton told 22News. “We hope to have the industrial park up and running in the next 18 to 24 months.”
A 100-acre site ready for immediate occupancy when the preparation’s done is being touted as the kind of deal a major employer looking to relocate would find difficult to pass up.
“This will develop 100 acres,” Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos said. “Those are rare to find when they’re ready.”
The three existing industrial parks at Westover were created in 1974 on 1,300 acres of land formerly owned by the military.
The existing companies could have some internationally known neighbors needing a lot of land.