South Hadley Falls revitalization project approved in unanimous vote

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – South Hadley town meeting members unanimously approved a proposal for the South Hadley Falls revitalization project Wednesday night.

A special town meeting was held at the South Hadley Town Hall to discuss a 20-year redevelopment plan for South Hadley Falls. The Urban Redevelopment and Renewal Plan has already been approved by the state and hopes to bring more housing options, job growth, and businesses to the area.

“It will be big because the approved urban renewal plan does have the ability to attract different types of funding to enable these projects and it demonstrates to developers and people from outside South Hadley the kind of development we want to attract,” said Anne Capra, conservative administrator/planner for the town.

The Urban Redevelopment and Renewal Plan has already been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Development. The latest renewal effort hopes to bring more housing options, job growth, and bring new business to the area.  

“It will be big because the approved urban renewal plan does have the ability to attract different types of funding to enable these projects and it demonstrates to developers and people from outside South Hadley the kind of development we want to attract,” Capra added.

Town officials say the past decade has seen little private redevelopment and several businesses close in this neighborhood. And if passed tonight, this will be the next step to put the falls back on the map. 

The total cost of the project is still in the works, but most of the funding will come from state and federal grants along with private investments. 

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