Urban Institute Cleveland Opportunity Zone Event – 2019

Join Skye Morse, Principal and Investment Director for M&S Development at the Urban Institute – From Concept to Action: Aligning Opportunity Zones and Mission Capital event on Oct. 10th in Cleveland, OH.  Skye and several other panelists will discuss how Opportunity Zone financing can be leveraged to maximize community benefit.

For more information and to register visit: https://urbn.is/2NNoHAh


SNEAPA 2019: Rethink, Reinvest, Renew

Join M&S and S&A staff at SNEAPA 2019: Rethink, Reinvest, Renew on October 17-18 in Springfield, MA. Visit our table and meet our staff.

M&S – Gabby Ciuffreda is a panelist for: It Takes a Village to Revitalize a Historic Downtown Block

It takes a Village of state, regional, local, public, and private partners to move a complex historic revitalization effort forward. Downtowns throughout New England are rich with opportunities to live, work, and play. However, many downtown buildings and sites need significant rehabilitation. There are brownfields issues and a variety of funding sources are needed to implement the necessary environmental remediation to get a site ready for redevelopment.

The Putnam Block project in Bennington Vermont (VT) utilized funding from Windham Regional Commission and the VT AGency of Commerce and Community Development for brownfields remediation. The brownfields funding helped enable the project to leverage the remaining resources needed to make this $30 million historic redevelopment project become a reality. The Bennington County Regional Commission rallied local anchor institutions to come to the table and play a role. Each of these partners are critical to the success of the project.

This session will discuss the various funding sources used for remediation, the challenges associated with the project, and the lessons learned for complex, downtown rehabilitation projects. These lessons are applicable to communities throughout New England. We will discuss the importance of such funding in making larger redevelopment projects financially viable. Joining Gabby on the panel are:

Susan Westa, AICP, Windham Regional Commission
William Colvin, Bennington County Regional Commission & Industrial Corporation
Brett Long, Vermont Department of Economic Development


S&A – Mark Westa, ASLA will present: Psychology and the City: Springfield MA Case Study

Residents, visitors, and those that rarely or never have been to a specific city often have widely varying perceptions about the quality, character, and safety of that city. What is that? And what can be learned by digging into how various groups “see” the city.

Using urban design principles paired with ideas from human psychology, such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, this session will look at how people perceive the City of Springfield and why, like in many cities, those perceptions often are significantly in opposition to each other.

Primarily using pictures of the city, we will discuss how urban areas are perceived, how taking different routes or knowledge of various districts impacts us and what can be done to address the disparity in understanding and feelings. We will also look at how these impact the goals of many communities to be creative, entrepreneurial places.

For more information and to register visit: https://www.sneapa.org/registration/

Connecticut Architecture Conference + Expo

Join M&S Development at CACX 2019 – Mohegan Sun Earth Expo + Conference Center.

Bob Stevens and Skye Morse will present: Beating the Odds: The economic and community impacts of downtown mixed-use projects can be trans-formative and create lasting change. This session will identify metrics to show these impacts and how to leverage those to finance projects. Using case studies to explore Impact Assessment; Benefits and Resilience; Overcoming Barriers and Financing Strategies.



Vermont Dignitaries – Kick Off Bennington Redevelopment

News coverage from the Putnam Block Redevelopment groundbreaking celebration in Bennington on August 7.  Governor Phil Scott, Congressman Peter Welch, and others commended the Bennington community effort and stamina to bring what is now confirmed as the largest rural community/economic development project in the state at this time.



Congratulations Athol Hospital !

Recently Athol Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of a renovation and modernization of an outdated emergency room and the construction of a new medical office building.

The hospital engaged M&S to develop and manage the $19.3 million expansion project, which included a multi-layered financing package consisting of  $17 million in New Market Tax Credits allocation.  The project addressed the needs of the Critical Access, non-profit hospital which serves nine communities of the North Quabbin, Massachusetts region.  This expansion will add 43,500 SF to the existing 68,000 SF building.